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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 who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Sessions voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators pumped the lies and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
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 30, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

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 (55%) Crime and Law Enforcement (27%) Immigration (18%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sessions recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Sessions voted Yea

Sessions voted Nay

Passed 360/64 on Sep 22, 2022.

Sessions voted Yea

Sessions voted Nay

Passed 364/60 on Dec 8, 2021.

Sessions voted Nay

Sessions voted Nay

Passed 379/51 on Oct 19, 2021.

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 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 Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Sep 2022, Sessions missed 616 of 15,611 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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