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2017 Report Cards: Texas Delegation

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in 2017 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

Texas Delegation
most bills
#1 21 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]
#2 14 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3]
#2 14 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#4 11 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#5 7 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#6 6 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#7 5 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#7 5 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#9 4 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#9 4 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#9 4 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#9 4 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#9 4 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#14 3 Rep. Jodey Arrington [R-TX19]
#14 3 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6]
#14 3 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#14 3 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#14 3 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#14 3 Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#14 3 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#14 3 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29]
#14 3 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#14 3 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#24 2 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#24 2 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#24 2 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#24 2 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#24 2 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#24 2 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#30 1 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7]
#30 1 Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17]
#30 1 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#30 1 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#30 1 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#30 1 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#36 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
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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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.