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Rep. John Patman

Former Representative for Texas’s 1st District

Patman was the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1931 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1929 to 1931.

Photo of Rep. John Patman [D-TX1, 1931-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Patman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Patman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Patman was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 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

Patman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (26%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Education (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Patman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Apr 1929 to Mar 1976, Patman missed 1,089 of 6,981 roll call votes, which is 15.6%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: