John Culberson Committee Assignments Congress


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Culberson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Culberson 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Culberson has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

John Culberson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Culberson was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

  • H.R. 2578 (114th): Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
  • H.R. 4486 (113th): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
  • H.R. 2216 (113th): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
  • H.R. 2055 (112th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

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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 about one third or more 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

Culberson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Law (23%)Armed Forces and National Security (19%)Immigration (16%)Crime and Law Enforcement (10%)Economics and Public Finance (10%)Science, Technology, Communications (10%)Government Operations and Politics (6%)Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Culberson’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 985: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015
Nov 14, 2016. Passed 355/38.
Nay S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.
Jul 14, 2016. Passed 306/117.
This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to amendments, the bill regarded defunding Planned Parenthood and the National Sea Grant College Program. As enacted, the bill created national ...
Nay S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of 2016
Jul 6, 2016. Passed 369/53.
The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–195), is a law introduced on March 24, 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representative Christopher Henry "Chris" Smith (New Jersey-R) and on May 7, 2015 by Senator Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania-D), and signed by ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Aye H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
No H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Mar 2018, Culberson missed 738 of 11,908 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2001 Jan-Mar7511.3%41st
2001 Apr-Jun13532.2%50th
2001 Jul-Sep14932.0%51st
2001 Oct-Dec15363.9%66th
2002 Jan-Mar7911.3%34th
2002 Apr-Jun20363.0%57th
2002 Jul-Sep14132.1%48th
2002 Oct-Nov6100.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar9433.2%64th
2003 Apr-Jun23900.0%0th
2003 Jul-Sep19342.1%56th
2003 Oct-Dec15142.6%40th
2004 Jan-Mar1042524.0%98th
2004 Apr-Jun221156.8%84th
2004 Jul-Sep1612012.4%89th
2004 Oct-Dec58712.1%87th
2005 Jan-Mar9033.3%50th
2005 Apr-Jun27282.9%60th
2005 Jul-Sep1461510.3%94th
2005 Oct-Dec16321.2%27th
2006 Jan-Mar8122.5%61st
2006 Apr-Jun276114.0%74th
2006 Jul-Sep1592012.6%95th
2006 Nov-Dec2727.4%64th
2007 Jan-Mar213209.4%95th
2007 Apr-Jun393246.1%90th
2007 Jul-Sep317196.0%88th
2007 Oct-Dec2632710.3%92nd
2008 Jan-Mar1491510.1%85th
2008 Apr-Jun321185.6%76th
2008 Jul-Sep205199.3%87th
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17452.9%61st
2009 Apr-Jun30382.6%58th
2009 Jul-Sep268103.7%78th
2009 Oct-Dec24672.8%54th
2010 Jan-Mar1952613.3%95th
2010 Apr-Jun219146.4%78th
2010 Jul-Sep15185.3%78th
2010 Nov-Dec991616.2%91st
2011 Jan-Mar212104.7%88th
2011 Apr-Jun281145.0%87th
2011 Jul-Sep2474116.6%98th
2011 Oct-Dec20841.9%52nd
2012 Jan-Mar151149.3%89th
2012 Apr-Jun299155.0%77th
2012 Jul-Sep1523221.1%98th
2012 Nov-Dec511427.5%99th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar892022.5%98th
2013 Apr-Jun215177.9%90th
2013 Jul-Sep20073.5%74th
2013 Oct-Dec1374432.1%99th
2014 Jan-Mar148149.5%91st
2014 Apr-Jun21973.2%68th
2014 Jul-Sep14785.4%83rd
2014 Nov-Dec4924.1%76th
2015 Jan-Mar14400.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun244104.1%81st
2015 Jul-Sep1393827.3%99th
2015 Oct-Dec17752.8%74th
2016 Jan-Mar13753.6%57th
2016 Apr-Jun20452.5%57th
2016 Jul-Sep23210.4%23rd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20831.4%51st
2017 Apr-Jun13600.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep19910.5%37th
2017 Oct-Dec16731.8%48th
2018 Jan-Mar10144.0%61st

Primary Sources

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John Culberson is pronounced:

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Campaign Committee Fundraising, 1999 - 2018

LAST REPORT: 02/14/2018





Cash on hand:




Top Contributors, 1999 - 2018

National Assn of Realtors $88,000$0$88,000
National Auto Dealers Assn $80,000$0$80,000
Koch Industries $68,500$500$68,000
AT&T Inc $67,500$1,500$66,000
Credit Union National Assn $66,500$0$66,500

Top Industries, 1999 - 2018

Oil & Gas$832,361$335,500$496,861
Real Estate$699,215$555,215$144,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$398,727$273,527$125,200
Health Professionals$342,583$185,810$156,773

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

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Source of Funds (Campaign Committee), 1999 - 2018

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 1999 - 2018 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on 03/10/18 for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average, and on 02/20/18 for Top Contributors and Industries.  ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")


Sometimes it's hard to make apple-to-apple comparisons across some of the pages in a candidate's profile. Here's why:

Summary numbers - specifically "Total Raised and Spent" and "PAC/Individual Split" - are based on summary reports filed by the candidates with the Federal Election Commission. All other numbers in these profiles ("Quality of Disclosure," "Geography" and "Special Interests") are derived from detailed FEC reports that itemize all contributions of $200 or more.

There is also a time lag in posting the information. While summary numbers are reported almost immediately by the FEC -- and listed quickly on OpenSecrets -- processing and analyzing the detailed records takes much longer. For that reason, summary numbers are usually higher (and more current) than the numbers based on detailed records.


The figures in these profiles are taken from databases uploaded by the FEC to the internet on the first day of every month. Those databases are only as current as the FEC has been able to compile by that date (see the note above about lag times for data entry).

The Center updates figures for "Total Raised and Spent" and for "PAC/Individual Split" a few days after the first of the month. The remaining figures - based on detailed contribution data - is updated by the Center after the 20th of every month. This gives us time to analyze the contributions and categorize them by industry and interest group.

The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Why (and How) We Use Donors' Employer/Occupation Information

The organizations listed as "Top Contributors" reached this list for one of two reasons: either they gave through a political action committee sponsored by the organization, or individuals connected with the organization contributed directly to the candidate.

Under federal law, all contributions over $200 must be itemized and the donor's occupation and employer must be requested and disclosed, if provided. The Center uses that employer/occupation information to identify the donor's economic interest. We do this in two ways:

  • First, we apply a code to the contribution, identifying the industry. Totals for industries (and larger economic sectors) can be seen in each candidate and race profile, and in the Industry Profile section of the OpenSecrets website.
  • Second, we standardize the name of the donor's employer. If enough contributions came in from people connected with that same employer, the organization's name winds up on the Top Contributor list.

Of course, it is impossible to know either the economic interest that made each individual contribution possible or the motivation for each individual giver. However, the patterns of contributions provide critical information for voters, researchers and others. That is why Congress mandated that candidates and political parties request employer information from contributors and publicly report it when the contributor provides it.

In some cases, a cluster of contributions from the same organization may indicate a concerted effort by that organization to "bundle" contributions to the candidate. In other cases—both with private companies and with government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions—the reason for the contributions may be completely unrelated to the organization.

Showing these clusters of contributions from people associated with particular organizations provides a valuable—and unique—way of understanding where a candidate is getting his or her financial support. Knowing those groups is also useful after the election, as issues come before Congress and the administration that may affect those organizations and their industries.


The figures profiled here include money from two sources: These contributors were either the sponsors of a PAC that gave to the politician, or they were listed as an individual donor's employer. Donors who give more than $200 to any federal candidate, PAC or party committee must list their occupation and employer. Based on that information, the donor is given an economic code. These totals are conservative, as not all of the individual contributions have yet been classified by the Center.

In cases where two or more people from the same family contributed, the income-earner's occupation/employer is assigned to all non-wage earning family members. If, for instance, Henry Jones lists his employer as First National Bank, his wife Matilda lists "Homemaker" and 12-year old Tammy shows up as "Student," the Center would identify all their contributions as being related to the "First National Bank" since that's the source of the family's income.

Although individual contributions are generally categorized based on the donor's occupation/employer, in some cases individuals may be classified instead as ideological donors. A contribution to a candidate may be given an ideological code, rather than an economic code, if the contributor gives to an ideological political action committee AND the candidate has received money from PACs representing that same ideological interest.

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Individual Contributions$5,563,91759.32%
PAC Contributions$3,624,92838.65%
Candidate Self-Financing$1,0000.01%

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