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Rep. Henry González

Former Representative from Texas’s 20th District, Democrat

González, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 20th congressional district from 1961 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. Henry González [D-TX20, 1961-1998]


Our unique analysis of the bills González 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 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). González is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

González was the primary sponsor of 34 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

González sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (21%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Law (11%) Commerce (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1962 to Dec 1998, González missed 1,169 of 16,517 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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: