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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2015 Report Card

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Sponsorship 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)

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

From Jan 1985 to Apr 2016, Barton missed 1,125 of 19,182 roll call votes, which is 5.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% 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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