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Rep. Brian Babin

Representative for Texas’s 36th District

pronounced BRĪ-in // BA-bin


Babin is the representative for Texas’s 36th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Babin is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Babin is among the Republican legislators whose call to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, Babin joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Babin voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote.
Photo of Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Babin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Babin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Babin has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 80% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 5% League of Conservation Voters: 2% Human Rights Campaign: 0%

Committee Membership

Brian Babin sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Babin was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Babin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (24%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Immigration (14%) Emergency Management (11%) Health (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Babin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Babin voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Babin voted Nay

Babin voted Nay

Babin voted Nay

Babin voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Babin voted Nay

Passed 377/6 on Apr 18, 2016.

Babin voted Nay

Babin voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Babin voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jul 2021, Babin missed 98 of 3,732 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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