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2016 Report Cards
Texas Delegation / Bills Cosponsored

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017), as of Aug 24, 2017.

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 114th Congress.

Texas Delegation
most bills
#1 616 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#2 424 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#3 422 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#4 390 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#4 390 Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#6 380 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#7 377 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#8 323 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#9 316 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#10 304 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#11 300 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#12 299 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#13 288 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#14 271 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#15 260 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#16 258 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#17 254 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#18 248 Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17]
#19 245 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#20 228 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#21 223 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#22 218 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#23 213 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#24 206 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#25 203 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#26 200 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#27 199 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4, 2015-2020]
#28 158 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#29 157 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#30 154 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#30 154 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#32 140 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#33 137 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#34 133 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#35 119 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#36 94 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
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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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.