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Rep. James Wright Jr.

Former Representative for Texas’s 12th District

Wright, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 12th congressional district from 1955 to 1989.

Photo of Rep. James Wright [D-TX12, 1955-1989]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wright is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Wright sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Wright was the primary sponsor of 25 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

Wright sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) International Affairs (16%) Education (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Taxation (10%) Native Americans (9%) Private Legislation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1955 to Jun 1989, Wright missed 1,340 of 10,802 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1989. 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: