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Rep. Charles “Charlie” Stenholm

Former Representative for Texas’s 17th District

Stenholm was the representative for Texas’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 2004.

Photo of Rep. Charles “Charlie” Stenholm [D-TX17, 1979-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stenholm is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Stenholm sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 5 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

Stenholm sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: