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Rep. Veronica Escobar

Representative for Texas’s 16th District

pronounced ver-AW-nih-kuh // ESS-kuh-bar

Escobar is the representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Escobar is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 53 years old.

Photo of Rep. Veronica Escobar [D-TX16]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Escobar.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Escobar is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Escobar has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 17, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Veronica Escobar sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Escobar was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Escobar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Immigration (21%) International Affairs (15%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Health (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Escobar recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Escobar voted Yea

Escobar voted Nay

Escobar voted Nay

Passed 379/51 on Oct 19, 2021.

Escobar voted Nay

Passed 421/3 on Oct 19, 2021.

Escobar voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Escobar voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2023, Escobar missed 21 of 2,095 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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