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Rep. Chris Bell

Former Representative for Texas’s 25th District

Bell was the representative for Texas’s 25th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2004.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Nov. 18, 2004, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Bell for filing a complaint against DeLay which contained innuendo, speculative assertions, or conclusory statements in violation of Committee Rule 15(a)(4) and resolved the matter by a public letter. In 2004, Bell lost in the primary election.

Nov. 2, 2004 Bell lost in the primary election.
Nov. 18, 2004 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct resolved the matter by a public letter
Photo of Rep. Chris Bell [D-TX25, 2003-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bell 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 Bell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (13%) Law (13%) Labor and Employment (9%) International Affairs (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2004, Bell missed 92 of 1,221 roll call votes, which is 7.5%. This is much worse than 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: