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2017 Report Cards
Texas Delegation / Cosponsors

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.

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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Cosponsors

The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in 2017.

Texas Delegation
most cosponsors
#1 733 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#2 604 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#3 485 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#4 413 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#5 405 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#6 291 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#7 278 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#8 247 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#9 219 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#10 198 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#11 195 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#12 188 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#13 184 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#14 166 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#15 157 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#16 139 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#17 137 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#18 116 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#18 116 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#20 109 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#21 108 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#22 104 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#23 103 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#24 90 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#25 82 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#26 77 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#27 69 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#28 49 Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#29 41 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#30 38 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#31 27 Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17]
#32 22 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#33 14 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#34 13 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#35 12 Rep. Jodey Arrington [R-TX19]
#35 12 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
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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.