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Rep. Joaquin Castro

Representative for Texas’s 20th District

pronounced wah-KEEN // KAST-roh

Castro is the representative for Texas’s 20th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Castro is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Castro.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Dec 6, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Joaquin Castro sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Castro sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (33%) Immigration (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Education (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Taxation (4%) Crime and Law Enforcement (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Castro voted Nay

Passed 386/41 on Jul 20, 2017.

H.R. 2825 authorizes the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides necessary oversight and guidance to the Department to ensure that it ...

Castro voted No

Passed 368/51 on May 25, 2017.

More than half of teens have sent sexually explicit images or “sexted” before age 18–54 percent to be exact, according to researchers at Drexel University. ...

Castro voted Aye

Passed 237/178 on Mar 16, 2017.

H.R. 1259 would institute necessary reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by providing the Secretary with the authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or ...

Castro voted Yea

Passed 250/171 on Feb 14, 2017.

H.R. 428 requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to survey the gradient boundary along the Red River in Oklahoma and Texas. Specifically, the bill: ...

Castro voted Nay

Castro voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Castro voted Not Voting

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Castro voted Yea

Castro voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Castro voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2019, Castro missed 166 of 4,395 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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