Olson was the representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2009 to 2020.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Olson.
Olson 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 Olson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Olson was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7810 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3519 East Walnut Street in Pearland, Texas, as the “Tom Reid Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 294 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2700 Cullen Boulevard in Pearland, Texas, as the “Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 4877 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3130 Grants Lake Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, as the “LCpl Garrett W. Gamble, USMC ...
- H.R. 1558 (114th): Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2015
- H.R. 1209 (113th): To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders”, for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United ...
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).
Olson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (39%) Environmental Protection (16%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) International Affairs (6%) Commerce (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Energy (6%)
Some of Olson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8260 (116th): Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act
- H.R. 7810 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 7559 (116th): FUTURE of Artificial Intelligence Act of 2020
- H.R. 7558 (116th): FADS Act
- H.R. 5585 (116th): Listing Reform Act
- H.R. 5407 (116th): Lifting Up Our First Responders Act of 2019
- H.R. 4741 (116th): Connecting Communities Post Disasters Act of 2019
From Jan 2009 to Dec 2020, Olson missed 231 of 7,954 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. 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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