|U.S. House, Texas, District 6|
|January 3, 1985-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||29|
|Predecessor||Phil Gramm (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 1984|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University|
|Birthday||September 15, 1949|
|Place of birth||Waco, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Barton is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
After earning his M.S. from Purdue University, Barton worked for Ennis Business Forms, eventually rising to an executive position. He was selected for the White House Fellows Program in 1981 and served as an aide to the energy secretary. Upon returning to Texas, he worked for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company for several years before pursuing his political career.
Barton serves on the following committees:
Barton was a member of the following House committees:
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
- Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Representative Joe Barton filed a redistricting lawsuit with District Judge James Lagomarsino in Navarro County on May 22, 2011 at 12:01 am. Barton sued because the Texas Legislature has failed to produce a new map for Texas's U.S. Congressional Delegation.
An email from Barton to constituents dated May 23, 2011 read:
Dear Texas Colleague,
At 12:01 a.m. on May 22, 2011, moments after it became clear that the Texas Legislature could not create a new Congressional District map in time, I filed a lawsuit in Navarro County District Court to protect the constitutional rights of the citizens of Texas. I had hoped that the Texas Legislature would fulfill its duty. However, time expired and I believe filing a lawsuit was the only way to ensure that our constituents had a Congressional map that meets the needs and rights of every voter. I acted immediately after the legislative deadline passed to increase the likelihood that this lawsuit would become the vehicle for Attorney General of Texas to use in creating the Congressional map for the 2012 election cycle. I will keep you updated on the progress of the suit. As lead plaintiff, I will be pressing a map to the attorney general and the court. Your thoughts and ideas will be very helpful so please don’t hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Joe Barton, 6th District of Texas, Member of Congress.
A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. According to the report, Barton helped secure about $2.98 million toward widening about three miles of the U.S. 287 bypass in Ennis, where Barton owns two homes.
Barton's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Reducing The Federal Deficit
- Excerpt: "It is time for the federal government to run its budget like you do. When you run out of money you stop spending. Instead of passing the buck, it is time to make cuts."
- Creating Jobs
- Excerpt: "It is time to put Americans back to work. The best thing Washington can do is get out of the way so our nation can do what it does best: create, innovate, and lead. I have joined my colleagues to support the Plan for America's Job Creators."
- Protecting Kids Online
- Excerpt: "The Internet has transformed into an invaluable educational, research, and entertainment tool, but with the good comes the bad. I believe that every American has the right to choose what they believe to be best for themselves and their children. Often in our digital world this right is lost because your personal information is collected and stored without your knowledge."
- Powering Texas
- Excerpt: "The needless environmental assault on our energy production has reached a critical point. The EPA, following orders from the Obama Administration, is attacking all sectors of the energy industry and economy leading to higher gas prices and the growing possibility of brownouts."
- Repeal & Replace Obama Care
- Excerpt: "The battle to repeal and replace ObamaCare isn't easy, but it is a fight we will eventually win. This trillion dollar job-killing, care-rationing, tax-raising law is proving itself to be unsustainable, unaffordable, undesirable and I believe, unconstitutional."
Barton 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Paul Ryan Budget Proposal
In March 2013, the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year. Barton was one of four Republican Representatives who voted in favor of Ryan's budget proposal after previously being in opposition.
The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period. The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011, only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition. Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.
Barton won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 6th District. He defeated Joe Chow, Itamar Gelbman, and Frank Kuchar in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Kenneth Sanders (D), Hugh Chauvin (L), and Brandon Parmer (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, Texas District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joe Barton Incumbent||58%||145,019|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 6 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Joe Barton Incumbent||63.2%||26,192|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Joe Barton, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Barton is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Barton raised a total of $12,987,015 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Joe Barton's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 6)||$1,535,592|
|2010||US House (Texas, District 6)||$2,377,715|
|2008||US House (Texas, District 6)||$1,517,025|
|2006||US House (Texas, District 6)||$3,164,154|
|2004||US House (Texas, District 6)||$2,517,071|
|2002||US House (Texas, District 6)||$870,512|
|2000||US House (Texas, District 6)||$1,004,946|
|Grand Total Raised||$12,987,015|
|Joe Barton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 10, 2013||$905,926.91||$155,864.45||$(114,998.25)||$946,793.11|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$946,793.11||$181,241.59||$(193,247.71)||$934,786.99|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 6th Congressional District, 2012 - Joe Barton Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$145,117|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$135,452|
|Top contributors to Joe Barton's campaign committee|
|Richie's Specialty Pharmacy||$17,500|
|Oil City Iron Works||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$162,150|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 6th District, 2010 - Joe Barton Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$25,145|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$24,895|
|Top contributors to Joe Barton's campaign committee|
|Urology Assoc of North Texas||$21,150|
|Energy Future Holdings Corp||$17,300|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$14,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$168,670|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Barton missed 1,009 of 17,175 roll call votes from January 1985 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.9%, which is worse 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. Barton paid his congressional staff a total of $1,001,221 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.
According to an analysis by CNN, Barton is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Barton's staff was given an apparent $42,734.25 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barton's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $117,005 to $414,999. That averages to $266,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 228.39% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barton's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $32,004 to $130,000. That averages to $81,002 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
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. Barton tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 159th 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. Barton was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 66th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Voting with party
Joe Barton voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Barton is married to Terri and has four children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BARTON, Joe Linus, (1949 - )"
- Office of Congressman Joe Barton, Serving the 6th District of Texas "Biography"
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- House Energy & Commerce Committee "Subcommittees"
- Austin American-Statesman, "Barton files lawsuit over Lege inaction on redistricting", May 23, 2011
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Campaign website, Priorities
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Washington Post, "10 House republicans vote against Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
- CBS News, "Senate rejects Paul Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
- Republican candidate list
- Unofficial Republican primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joe Barton," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joe Barton Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Joe Barton April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Joe Barton July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Joe Barton 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets "Joe Barton 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
- Gov Track "Joe Barton," Accessed June 7 2013
- GovTrack, "Joe Barton," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Joe Barton," Accessed September 17, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Joe Barton (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Barton (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011
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