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 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 Mar 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Sessions was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5872 (110th): Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 4246 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8135 Forest Lane in Dallas, Texas, as the “Dr. Robert E. Price Post Office Building”.
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).
Sessions sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Sessions’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1180 (115th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 88) ...
- H.Res. 1181 (115th): Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to ...
- H.R. 7349 (115th): Savings Account for Every American Act of 2018
- H.Res. 1160 (115th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 88) ...
- H.Res. 1089 (115th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a replacement for ...
- H.Res. 1084 (115th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6756) to amend the Internal ...
- H.Res. 1059 (115th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3798) to amend the Internal ...
From Jan 1997 to Mar 2021, Sessions missed 605 of 14,764 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. 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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