Hinojosa was the representative for Texas’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2016.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2015 Hinojosa was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities. Hinojosa did not seek reelection in 2016.
|May. 8, 2015||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation|
|Jul. 31, 2015||House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities|
|2016||Hinojosa did not seek reelection.|
Read our 2016 Report Card for Hinojosa.
Hinojosa is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Hinojosa sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.
Hinojosa was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1072 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 151 West End Street in Goliad, Texas, as the “Judge Emilio Vargas Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 4829 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 East Kleberg in Kingsville, Texas, as the “Irma Rangel Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 4299 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 410 South Jackson Road in Edinburg, Texas, as the “Dr. Miguel A. Nevarez Post Office ...
- H.R. 2990 (107th): Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2002
- H.R. 2988 (106th): Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 1999
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Hinojosa sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (43%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Health (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Hinojosa’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4834 (114th): North American Development Bank General Capital Increase Authorization Act of 2016
- H.Res. 505 (114th): Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
- H.R. 3721 (114th): Affordable College Textbook Act
- H.R. 1956 (114th): Pell Grant Protection Act
- H.R. 1959 (114th): College Options for DREAMers Act
- H.R. 1958 (114th): Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act
- H.R. 1957 (114th): Pell Grant Cost of Tuition Adjustment Act
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2016, Hinojosa missed 1,496 of 13,498 roll call votes, which is 11.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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