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Rep. Richard White

Former Representative for Texas’s 16th District

White was the representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. Richard White [D-TX16, 1965-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

White is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 White sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

White 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

White sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (28%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Private Legislation (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Education (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Dec 1982, White missed 516 of 7,943 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. This is on par with the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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: