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Rep. Thomas Garrett

Former Representative for Virginia’s 5th District

pronounced TOM-iss // GAR-it

Garrett was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2017 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In May 2018, Garrett announced he is an alcoholic and that he would not run for re-election at the same time that allegations that he had been using Congressional staff to perform unofficial work and personal errands emerged. In September 2018, the Office of Congressional Ethics referred the allegations to the House Committee on Ethics. In December 2018, the House Committee on Ethics announced it was extending its investigation The investigation ceased with the end of the 115th Congress as Garrett is no longer in Congress.

May. 28, 2018 Garrett announced he is an alcoholic and would not run for re-election.
Sep. 5, 2018 Office of Congressional Ethics referred the allegations to the House Committee on Ethics for further investigation.
Dec. 4, 2018 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Jan. 2, 2019 House Committee on Ethics ceased investigating because jurisdiction ended with the 115th Congress.
Photo of Rep. Thomas Garrett [R-VA5, 2017-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Garrett.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Garrett 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Garrett sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 75%

Enacted Legislation

Garrett was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Garrett sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (43%) Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (21%) International Affairs (14%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Garrett voted Nay

Passed 406/3 on Dec 11, 2018.

Garrett voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Garrett voted Nay

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Garrett voted Nay

Garrett voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Dec 2018, Garrett missed 131 of 1,210 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. 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

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