Jackson Lee is the representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 4, 1995. Jackson Lee is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
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.
|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|
Read our 2020 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 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 from Jan 3, 2017 to Feb 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Jackson Lee was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6100 (116th): STOP FGM Act of 2020
- H.R. 835 (116th): Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019
- H.R. 434 (116th): Emancipation National Historic Trail Study Act
- 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.
Does 9 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).
Jackson Lee sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (39%) Emergency Management (16%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) International Affairs (8%) Health (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Jackson Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 936: To direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist States and local governments ...
- H.R. 330: COVID-19 Delivery Act
- H.Res. 26: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and ...
- H.R. 119: Cyber Defense National Guard Act
- H.R. 127: Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act
- H.R. 120: SIMARRA Act
- H.R. 114: To require a report by the Comptroller General of the United States on ...
From Jan 1995 to Feb 2021, Jackson Lee missed 998 of 17,034 roll call votes, which is 5.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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.
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