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Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza

Former Representative from Texas’s 15th District, Democrat

de la Garza, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 15th congressional district from 1965 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza [D-TX15, 1965-1996]


Our unique analysis of the bills de la Garza 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 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). de la Garza is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

de la Garza was the primary sponsor of 68 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

de la Garza sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (26%) Environmental Protection (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Law (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Commerce (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of de la Garza’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Sep 1996, de la Garza missed 1,777 of 14,976 roll call votes, which is 11.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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