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Rep. Thomas “Tom” DeLay

Former Representative for Texas’s 22nd District

DeLay was the representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 2006.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

On Oct. 6, 2004, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated DeLay for solicitation and receipt of campaign contributions in return for legislative assistance, use of corporate political contributions in violation of state law, and improper use of official resources for political purposes. They resolved the first and third allegations by public letter and the second allegation was deferred due to astate grand jury investigation. In 2005, he was convicted of conspiring to influence Texas legislative races via a PAC using illegal corporate contributions. In 2013, his conviction overturned.

Oct. 6, 2004 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct resolved the first and third allegations by public letter; and the second allegation was deferred due to state grand jury investigation.
2005 Convicted of conspiring to influence Texas legislative races via a PAC using illegal corporate contributions.
2013 Conviction overturned.

On Oct. 4, 2004, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated DeLay for improperly linking the personal interest of a member with an effort to achieve a legislative goal and issued a report finding DeLay's behavior inappropriate.

Oct. 4, 2004 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issued a report finding DeLay's behavior inappropriate

In 1997, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated DeLay for improperly linking campaign contributions to official actions and improper political favors for DeLay’s brother, a registered lobbyist, and dismissed complaint. On Nov. 11, 1997, a private letter was sent to DeLay and a press statement released.

Nov. 7, 1997 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed complaint; private letter sent to DeLay; press statement released
Photo of Rep. Thomas “Tom” DeLay [R-TX22, 1985-2006]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DeLay is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 DeLay sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

DeLay was the primary sponsor of 8 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 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

DeLay sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (32%) Law (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Families (7%) Commerce (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Jun 2006, DeLay missed 522 of 11,666 roll call votes, which is 4.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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