Rep. Charles “Charlie” Stenholm

Former Representative from Texas’s 17th District, Democrat

Stenholm, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 17th congressional district from 1979 to 2004.



Our unique analysis of the bills Stenholm sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Stenholm is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Stenholm was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Stenholm sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Law (15%) Commerce (12%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Water Resources Development (9%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Dec 2004, Stenholm missed 315 of 13,739 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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