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Rep. Pete Sessions

Representative for Texas’s 17th District

pronounced peet // SESH-unz


Sessions is the representative for Texas’s 17th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2021. Sessions is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Texas’s 32nd congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2018; and the representative for Texas’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1997 to 2002.

Sessions is 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. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Sessions voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.
Photo of Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX17]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sessions is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Sessions has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Sep 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 82% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: F

Committee Membership

Pete Sessions sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Sessions was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Sessions sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (38%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Immigration (12%) Labor and Employment (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sessions voted Nay

Sessions 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 ...

Sessions voted Yea

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 ...

Sessions voted Aye

Sessions 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 ...

Sessions voted No

Passed 386/41 on Jul 8, 2009.

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that ...

Sessions voted Nay

Sessions voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Sep 2021, Sessions missed 608 of 14,964 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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