Rep. Joaquin Castro
Representative for Texas’s 20th District
pronounced wah-KEEN // KAST-roh
Castro proposed $62 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:
- $19 million to City of San Antonio for “San Antonio International Airport – Remain Overnight Aircraft Parking”
- $16 million to Port Authority of San Antonio for “Port San Antonio Complete Streets Conversion”
- $10 million to Texas Division of Emergency Management for “Concepcion Creek – Phase 1”
These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.
Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Appropriations.house.gov. Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House
Read our 2022 Report Card for Castro.
Castro is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Castro has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 26, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Joaquin Castro sits on the following committees:
Castro was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 9465 (117th): Civil Service Federal Employee Serving Overseas Pay Equity Act
- H.R. 4864 (116th): Global Child Thrive Act of 2020
- H.R. 6315 (116th): COVID–19 National Service Response Act
Does 3 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).
Castro sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Castro recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5469: Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment Act of 2023
- H.Res. 682: Expressing support for the designation of the week beginning on September 11, 2023, …
- H.R. 4015: United States–Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2023
- H.R. 3043: Citizenship for Essential Workers Act
- H.R. 3042: Millennium Challenge Corporation Candidate Country Reform Act
- H.R. 2824: FIGDA Act of 2023
- H.R. 2485: Expanding Opportunities for Diverse Entrepreneurs Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Sep 2023, Castro missed 253 of 6,146 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
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