|U.S. House, Texas, District 27|
|January 3, 2011-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Solomon P. Ortiz (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$9.80 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next primary||March 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas|
|J.D.||St. Mary's University|
|Birthday||December 12, 1962|
|Place of birth||Corpus Christi, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Obama impeachment
- 4.3 2012
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Farenthold is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Before entering politics, Farenthold had careers as a conservative radio show host, lawyer and owner of a computer consulting firm.
Farenthold serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and The Census - Chair
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet]]
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Farenthold was a member of the following committees:
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
- Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
- Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Farenthold's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Farenthold voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Farenthold voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Farenthold voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Farenthold voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Farenthold voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Farenthold voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Farenthold voted against HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Farenthold voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
- See also:United States budget debate, 2013
Farenthold declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Farenthold voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Farenthold voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Farenthold voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Farenthold voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Footage taken from a Texas open house shows Farenthold stating disappointment regarding the resolution of President Obama's birth certificate issues. He said, "I think unfortunately the House is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue. The original Congress, when his eligibility came up, should have looked into it and they didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it." He went on to say, "If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted."
Redistricting made Farenthold's district much more conservative than when he won election in 2010 by defeating Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz. Thus, his re-election bid was a fairly safe one, but some voters think he is not conservative enough for this new district. "The district is so conservative that Farenthold would likely lose votes to a Libertarian and an independent challenger, in addition to squaring off with his Democratic opponent, Rose Meza Harrison."
Farenthold is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Wesley Reed (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Farenthold won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 27th District. He defeated John Grunwald, Don Al Middlebrook and Trey Roberts in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012,. He then defeated Rose Meza Harrison (D), Corrie Byrd (L) and William Bret Baldwin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Farenthold ranked 1st on the list. The article notes that in redistricting the new Republican map moved Farenthold's district into "white, heavily Republican Corpus Christi, Texas." Assuming no major Republican competition in a primary and the new map stood up to the legal challenges, Farenthold would go from an "accidental winner" in 2010 into a second-term incumbent in a safe Republican district.
|U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Blake Farenthold Incumbent||56.8%||120,684|
|Democratic||Rose Meza Harrison||39.2%||83,395|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 27 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Blake Farenthold Incumbent||70.8%||28,058|
|Don Al Middlebrook||9.3%||3,676|
Comprehensive donor information for Farenthold is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Farenthold raised a total of $1,769,723 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Blake Farenthold's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 27)||$1,153,105|
|2010||US House (Texas, District 27)||$616,618|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,769,723|
|Blake Farenthold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$1,472.72||$66,629.87||$(36,183.09)||$31,919.50|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2013||$31,919.50||$107,528.43||$(85,198.25)||$54,249.68|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$54,249.68||$180,288.55||$(73,476.68)||$161,061.55|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$161,061||$148,548||$(92,132)||$217,477|
|Pre-Primary||February 20, 2014||$217,477||$31,717||$(61,664)||$187,529|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$187,529||$83,604||$(31,205)||$239,928|
Farenthold won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Farenthold's campaign committee raised a total of $1,153,105 and spent $1,182,936. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Farenthold spent $9.80 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 27, 2012 - Blake Farenthold Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$383,986|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$333,457|
|Top contributors to Blake Farenthold's campaign committee|
|Kiewit Offshore Services||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$97,252|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Farenthold most often votes with:
Farenthold least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Farenthold missed 14 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Farenthold paid his congressional staff a total of $742,786 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Farenthold's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,609,098 and $11,846,999. That averages to $7,728,048, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Farenthold ranked as the 50th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Blake Farenthold Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||Avg. Citizen Net Worth|
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farenthold tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 82nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farenthold was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 148th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Farenthold has voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Farenthold and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
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- Collected news and commentary at The Texas Tribune
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
- Official House website, "Bio," accessed November 1, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Official House website, "Committees," accessed November 1, 2011
- Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman Peter T. King, "Subcommittee on Transportation Security," accessed August 15, 2011
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Chairman John L. Mica, "Members, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment," accessed August 15, 2011
- Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, "The Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform," accessed August 15, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Rep. Farenthold says House could impeach Obama," August 12, 2013
- The Republic, "Redistricting means Farenthold likely safe, but is he conservative enough for new district?," October 27, 2012
- The New York Times, "Time in House Could Be Short for Republican Newcomers," July 4, 2011
- The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Blake Farenthold," accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Blake Farenthold 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Texas District 27," accessed November 1, 2011
- GovTrack, "Blake Farenthold," accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Blake Farenthold," accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Blake Farenthold," accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Blake Farenthold," accessed September 13, 2012
- OpenSecrets, "Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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