Poe was the representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2018.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2015 Poe 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 2018 Report Card for Poe.
Poe is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Poe sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Poe was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2259 (115th): Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018
- H.R. 5955 (115th): Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018
- H.R. 5252: Keep Young Athletes Safe Act of 2018
- H.R. 2803: Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
- H.R. 5422 (114th): To ensure funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3766 (114th): Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016
- H.R. 4602 (114th): Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016
Does 15 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).
Poe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Poe’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7292 (115th): Megan Rondini and Leah Griffin Sexual Assault Victims Protection Act of 2018
- H.R. 7222: Megan Rondini Sexual Assault Victims Protection Act of 2018
- H.R. 6797: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018
- H.Res. 1064 (115th): Honoring the work done by the 12th Woman.
- H.R. 6701: HEALS Act
- H.Res. 1039: Encouraging edge providers, broadband providers, and data brokers to include certain data protections ...
- H.R. 6617: Preserving American Privacy Act of 2018
From Jan 2005 to Dec 2018, Poe missed 617 of 10,090 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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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