Jackson Lee, a Democrat, is the representative for Texas's 18th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 4, 1995. Jackson Lee is next up for reelection in 2018.
In 2015 Lee 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.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Jackson Lee.
Jackson Lee is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Jackson Lee has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Sheila Jackson Lee sits on the following committees:
House Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
- Member, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
- House Committee on the Budget
- House Committee on Homeland Security
Jackson Lee was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 710 (114th): To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 78 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4110 Almeda Road in Houston, Texas, as the “George Thomas ‘Mickey’ Leland Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 6510 (111th): To direct the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Houston, Texas, to the Military Museum of Texas, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 6610 (110th): To amend the Federal Rules of Evidence to address the waiver of the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine.
- H.R. 6212 (110th): Medicare Efficiency and Development of Improvement of Care and Services Act (MEDICS Act) of 2008
- H.R. 4510 (109th): To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept the donation of a bust depicting Sojourner Truth and to display the bust in a suitable location ...
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 about one third or more 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).
Jackson Lee sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (43%) Emergency Management (14%) International Affairs (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Education (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Immigration (5%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (5%)
Some of Jackson Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4268: Gun Safety: Not Sorry Act of 2017
- H.R. 4141: Selective Service Modernization Act of 2017
- H.R. 3930: Hurricane Harvey Small Business Recovery Grants Act
- H.Res. 520: Expressing solidarity with, and pledging support and assistance to, victims of Hurricane Harvey, ...
- H.R. 3686: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2017
- H.R. 3654: Special Counsel Independence Protection Act
- H.R. 3647: Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2017
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H.R. 3823: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017
Sep 25, 2017. Failed 245/171.
The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six months, provides certain tax benefits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, reauthorizes certain expiring health programs, and includes provisions to increase the availability of private flood insurance for individuals in flood zones. Federal ...
H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Jul 23, 2015. Passed 275/150.
This bill was enacted as S. 764. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the distribution and labeling related to bioengineered foods (often referred to as genetically modified foods or GMOs). It would ...
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 622: State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015
Apr 16, 2015. Passed 272/152.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 5325 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 6, 2012. Passed 255/165.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.Res. 1137 (111th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2847) making appropriations for the Departments ...
Mar 4, 2010. Passed 212/209.
H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
From Jan 1995 to Dec 2017, Jackson Lee missed 961 of 15,511 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 258 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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