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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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Castro has cosponsored 1 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
Photo of Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 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 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, 2017 to Feb 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 95% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 50% The Club for Growth: 12%

Enacted Legislation

Castro was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Castro sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (33%) Immigration (25%) Education (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Castro voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Castro voted Yea

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 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 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 Feb 2021, Castro missed 177 of 4,725 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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