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2014 Report Cards
Texas Delegation / Bills Cosponsored

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015), as of Jan 12, 2015.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in the 113th Congress.

Texas Delegation
most bills
#1 508 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#2 366 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#3 340 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#4 328 Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#5 326 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#6 323 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#7 317 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#8 315 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#9 305 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#10 300 Rep. Steve Stockman [R-TX36, 2013-2014]
#11 297 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#12 281 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#13 277 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#14 241 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#15 235 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#16 230 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#17 227 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#18 224 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#19 221 Rep. Ralph Hall [R-TX4, 1981-2014]
#20 220 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#21 219 Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17]
#22 212 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#23 196 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#24 188 Rep. Pete Gallego [D-TX23, 2013-2014]
#25 177 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#26 176 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#27 174 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#28 168 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#29 160 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#30 155 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#31 142 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#32 138 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#33 134 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#34 130 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#35 125 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#36 117 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
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Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.