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Rep. Ted Poe

Former Representative for Texas’s 2nd District

pronounced ted // poh

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
Photo of Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Poe.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Americans for Prosperity: 89% FreedomWorks: 89% NumbersUSA: 88% United States Chamber of Commerce: 73% The Club for Growth: 56% NIAC Action: D The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D American Civil Liberties Union: 15% Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Poe was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Poe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (34%) International Affairs (30%) Immigration (11%) Taxation (8%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Health (5%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Poe voted Nay

Poe voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Poe voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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Poe voted Nay

Poe voted No

Poe voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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