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Rep. Michael Conaway

Former Representative for Texas’s 11th District

pronounced MĪ-kul // KON-uh-way


Conaway was the representative for Texas’s 11th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2020.

Conaway was among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, Conaway joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11, 2005-2020]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Conaway.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Conaway is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Conaway sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Conaway was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Conaway sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (39%) Taxation (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Conaway voted Nay

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This …

Conaway voted Nay

Failed 229/158 on May 23, 2016.

Conaway voted Yea

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 …

Conaway 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 …

Conaway voted Aye

Conaway voted Nay

Conaway voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2020, Conaway missed 196 of 11,044 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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