|U.S. House, Texas, District 6|
|January 3, 1985-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||30|
|Predecessor||Phil Gramm (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$14.84 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 1984|
|Next primary||March 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University|
|Date of birth||September 15, 1949|
|Place of birth||Waco, 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 Redistricting
- 4.3 Presidential preference
- 4.4 Earmarks
- 4.5 Campaign themes
- 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, 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
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Barton's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Barton 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.
Barton 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.
Barton 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. Barton 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 three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Barton joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against 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. Barton voted against 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 funds 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. Barton voted against HR 2775.
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.
Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination
Barton 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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Barton 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.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Barton did not vote on 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.
Barton 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
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 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.
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 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 lists 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 ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Frank Kuchar to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. He will face David Cozad (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Texas District 6 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Joe Barton Incumbent||72.7%||32,618|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State|
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 Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Kenneth Sanders (D), Hugh Chauvin (L) and Brandon Parmer (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|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|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$934,786.99||$183,518.34||$(229,490.36)||$888,814.97|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$888,814||$143,091||$(175,057)||$856,848|
|Pre-Primary||February 20, 2014||$856,848||$-20,660||$(161,060)||$675,127|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$675,127||$144,130||$(243,935)||$575,321|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$575,321||$154,834||$(174,864)||$555,291|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$555,291||$112,464||$(128,476)||$539,279|
Barton won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Barton's campaign committee raised a total of $1,535,592 and spent $2,152,616. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Barton spent $14.84 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 6, 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, Texas District 6, 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
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.
Barton most often votes with:
Barton least often votes with:
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 was one of nearly 25 percent 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, Barton's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,004 and $154,999. That averages to $78,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Barton ranked as the 385th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Joe Barton Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
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
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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- 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"
- 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
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- 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
- Washington Post, "10 House republicans vote against Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
- CBS News, "Senate rejects Paul Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 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 Votesmart, "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
- 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," accessed January 21, 2014
- 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
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Barton October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Joe Barton 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Joe Barton 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011
- GovTrack, "Joe Barton," accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Joe Barton," accessed August 2, 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
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- Official House website "Biography," accessed October 21, 2011
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