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Rep. Silvestre Reyes

Former Representative for Texas’s 16th District

Reyes was the representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2012 Reyes was investigated for improper use of campaign funds for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response. Reyes lost the 2012 election and the House Committe on Ethics' jurisdiction end with the member's term.

Aug. 30, 2012 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations
Nov. 6, 2012 Reyes lost reelection.
Nov. 28, 2012 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Dec. 31, 2012 House Committee on Ethics reported that the end of the member's term ended the committee's jurisdiction.
Photo of Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D-TX16, 1997-2012]


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 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 from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Reyes was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Reyes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Reyes voted No

Reyes voted Yea

Reyes voted Nay

Reyes voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Reyes voted Aye

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: