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Rep. Silvestre Reyes

Former Representative for Texas’s 16th District

Reyes, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 16th congressional district from 1997 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D-TX16, 1997-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Reyes is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Reyes sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Reyes was the primary sponsor of 9 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 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Reyes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Emergency Management (11%) International Affairs (9%) Native Americans (9%) Law (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Reyes’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Yea H.R. 5325 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 6, 2012. Passed 255/165.
Aye 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 ...
Nay H.Res. 915 (111th): Encouraging the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law, treat foreign investors fairly, and promote ...
Dec 8, 2009. Passed 333/74.
Nay H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.
Nay H.R. 6515 (110th): Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008
Jul 17, 2008. Failed 244/173.
Nay H.R. 6251 (110th): Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act
Jun 26, 2008. Failed 223/195.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
No H.Res. 675 (110th): Providing for the consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 976) to amend the Internal ...
Sep 25, 2007. Passed 215/199.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Jan 2013, Reyes missed 890 of 10,969 roll call votes, which is 8.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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