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2014 Report Cards
Texas Delegation / Cosponsors

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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The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in the 113th Congress.

Texas Delegation
most cosponsors
#1 999 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#2 823 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#3 722 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#4 675 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#5 607 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#6 490 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#7 473 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#8 398 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#9 395 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#10 365 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#11 345 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#12 327 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#13 307 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#14 295 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#15 247 Rep. Ralph Hall [R-TX4, 1981-2014]
#16 185 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#17 182 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#18 155 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#19 143 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#20 131 Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17]
#20 131 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#22 129 Rep. Steve Stockman [R-TX36, 2013-2014]
#23 113 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#24 112 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#25 111 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#26 89 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#27 82 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#28 79 Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#29 73 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#30 53 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#31 45 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#32 36 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#33 22 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#34 20 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#35 11 Rep. Pete Gallego [D-TX23, 2013-2014]
#36 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
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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.