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Rep. Richard Armey

Former Representative for Texas’s 26th District

Armey was the representative for Texas’s 26th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 2002.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1995, Armey faced an allegation of improper use of congressional stationery. On Jun. 2, 1995, Guitierrez filed a complaint on behalf of the Congressional Accountability Project. Armey admitted to the violation and the complaint was dismissed on June 13, 1995. A public letter to Armey and a press statement were released on June 14, 1995.

Jun. 14, 1995 Another member filed a complaint on behalf of the Congressional Accountability Project on June 2, 1995. Armey admitted to the violation and the complaint was dismissed on June 13, 1995. A public letter to Armey and a press statement were released on June 14, 1995.
Photo of Rep. Richard Armey [R-TX26, 1985-2002]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Armey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Armey sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Armey was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Armey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (30%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) International Affairs (11%) Commerce (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Families (9%) Social Welfare (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Armey’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Nov 2002, Armey missed 227 of 9,524 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: