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Rep. Omar Burleson

Former Representative for Texas’s 17th District

Burleson was the representative for Texas’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1947 to 1978.

Photo of Rep. Omar Burleson [D-TX17, 1947-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burleson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Burleson sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Burleson was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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

Burleson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (39%) Health (16%) Social Welfare (13%) Education (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Labor and Employment (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1947 to Oct 1978, Burleson missed 274 of 7,614 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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