Read our 2016 Report Card for Barton.
Our unique analysis of the bills Barton has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Barton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Joe Barton sits on the following committees:
Barton was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6164 (109th): National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006
- H.R. 6 (109th): Energy Policy Act of 2005
- H.J.Res. 87 (107th): Yucca Mountain Development resolution
- H.R. 629 (105th): Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Consent Act
- H.R. 1791 (104th): Medicaid Certification Act of 1995
- H.R. 2749 (101st): To authorize the conveyance of a parcel of land in Whitney Lake, Texas.
- H.R. 4529 (100th): A bill extending permission for the President’s Commission on White House Fellows to accept certain donations.
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Barton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Barton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4942 (114th): DELIVER Act of 2016
- H.Con.Res. 82 (114th): Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the White House Fellows Program.
- H.R. 2888 (114th): Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015
- H.R. 2734 (114th): Do Not Track Kids Act of 2015
- H.R. 2419 (114th): To amend the Public Health Services Act to reauthorize funding for the ...
- H.R. 2421 (114th): To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase accountability at the ...
- H.R. 2420 (114th): To reduce administrative burdens on researchers.
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|Barton’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3361 (113th): USA FREEDOM Act
May 22, 2014. Passed 303/121.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 271/158.
From Jan 1985 to Mar 2017, Barton missed 1,143 of 19,827 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills