Rep. Joe Barton

Representative from Texas’s 6th District, Republican

Barton, a Republican, has been the representative for Texas's 6th congressional district since Jan 3, 1985 (next election in 2016) (map).

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Analysis

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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Barton for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Joe Barton sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Barton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (33%) Health (33%) Energy (22%) Taxation (11%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Barton’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of 2016
Jul 6, 2016. Passed.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 1560: Protecting Cyber Networks Act
Apr 22, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
Feb 27, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2016, Barton missed 1,134 of 19,606 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% 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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Primary Sources

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