Joe L Barton

Mixed Outcomes for Members Accused of Sexual Harassment in #MeToo Aftermath
Eight have either resigned or announced retirements in recent months

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, center, resigned in October following reports that he asked a woman with whom he’d had an extramarital affair to get an abortion. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here’s a look at how several lawmakers have responded to accusations of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began last year.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, after reports that he had asked a woman with whom he’d had an extramarital affair to get an abortion. Announced Oct. 5, effective Oct. 21.

Senate Passes GOP Tax Plan After Procedural Stumble
House must vote again on Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence presided over the Senate early Wednesday as it passed a final version of the GOP tax plan along party lines. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


The Senate early Wednesday passed a final version of the GOP tax plan, leaving Republicans and President Donald Trump within striking distance of the most sweeping overhaul of the tax code in decades and their top policy goal for the year.

Barton Wants to Keep Managing GOP Baseball Team
Texas congressman announced last week he would retire from Congress after string of sexual controversies

Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, in Texas uniform, watches as Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., shakes hands with Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, during player introductions during this year’s Congressional Baseball Game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After everything that’s happened over the last two weeks, Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton hopes to remain the manager of the Republican team in the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

“That is my intention,” Barton said. “Obviously, it’s my last year.”

Photos of the Week: Tax Bill and Sexual Harassment Allegations Dominate on the Hill
The week of Nov. 27 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The Capitol dome is seen in a reflection on a television news camera outside the Capitol on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At the Races: ‘I Want to Spend More Time With Family’
With holiday recesses, come congressional retirement announcements

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., points at Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Jr., during a 1999 press conference. Conyers is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and is now hospitalized for stress. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for him to resign. Despite relinquishing his ranking member post on the Judiciary Committee, the longest-serving lawmaker hasn’t said he’ll step aside. The 13th District is a Solid Democratic race, but Conyers barely made the ballot in 2014 after failing to file the necessary signatures. Local reports suggest the 88-year-old dean of the House will announce in January he won’t seek re-election. If he does try to run again, expect to see a primary here. (Scott. J. Farrell/CQ)

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This week … two more lawmakers announced their retirements, red-state Democrats took a stand on taxes, an Indiana super PAC jumped into the Alabama Senate race and liberals started attacking Democrat Dan Lipinski.

Barton Not Running for Re-Election
Decision comes after nude photo and racy text messages surfaced

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton, the longest-serving member of the Texas delegation, is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton is not running for re-election after a nude photo and suggestive text messages surfaced over the last week. 

Barton, the dean of the Texas delegation, announced Thursday he would not seek an 18th term. The Republican lawmaker had previously decided to run again before the photo and messages became public.

Report: Barton Confirms Racy Text Exchanges With Another Woman
Comes as more Texas Republicans call on him to retire

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, talks with reporters after the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An Arlington, Texas, woman released a series of racy text messages between her and Rep. Joe Barton a week after a nude photo of Barton was circulated across the Internet.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram obtained the messages showing Barton, R-Texas, sent explicit texts to Kelly Canon, a local Republican activist, asking what she was wearing.

Report: Texas Republicans Want Barton to Retire
GOP officials worried about effect on down-ballot races

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, is facing calls to step aside after a nude photo of him circulated on the Internet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After a nude photo of Rep. Joe Barton was circulated online last week, some of his fellow Texas Republicans want him to step aside.

Tarrant County Republican Party Chairman Tim O’Hare told the Houston Chronicle he hadn’t talked to any party activists who wanted Barton to stay in office.

Barton’s Hometown Both Disgusted and Dismissive of Nude Photo
‘What kind of message does that send to the kids?’ one resident of Ennis, Texas, asks

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton said last week he is re-evaluating whether to seek an 18th term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Constituents in Rep. Joe L. Barton’s hometown of Ennis, Texas, were both disgusted and dismissive after a nude photo of the Republican congressman circulated on the internet last week. 

While some residents of Barton’s 6th District expressed disgust to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, others were dismissive of the news.

Rep. Joe Barton Weighs Re-Election Following Graphic Photo
Texas Republican is most senior member of Lone Star State delegation

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton says he has not yet decided on running for an 18th term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton, the dean of the Texas delegation, is now unsure if he will run for re-election, after a nude photo of him was posted on social media.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said in a statement to the Texas Tribune on Wednesday, regarding the photo. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”