Rep. Pete Sessions

Representative from Texas’s 32nd District, Republican

Sessions, a Republican, is the representative for Texas's 32nd congressional district and has served since Jan 7, 2003 (next election in 2018) (map).

He was previously the representative for Texas's 5th congressional district (1997-2002).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Sessions.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Sessions has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sessions is shown as a purple triangle. (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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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sessions sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (27%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (27%) Taxation (19%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sessions’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.Con.Res. 105 (113th): Prohibiting the President from deploying or maintaining United States Armed Forces in a sustained combat role in ...
Jul 25, 2014. Passed 370/40.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.R. 2965 (111th): Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Jul 8, 2009. Passed 386/41.
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 established a process for ending the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654), thus allowing gays, lesbians, ...
No H.R. 2740 (110th): MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007
Oct 4, 2007. Passed 389/30.
Nay H.R. 2317 (110th): Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007
May 24, 2007. Passed 382/37.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Mar 2017, Sessions missed 589 of 13,679 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 14 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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