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Rep. Adam Putnam

Former Representative for Florida’s 12th District

Putnam was the representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Adam Putnam [R-FL12, 2001-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Putnam is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Putnam sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Putnam was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Putnam sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (39%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Taxation (11%) Education (11%) Families (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Agriculture and Food (7%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Putnam recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Putnam voted Yea

Failed 254/153 on Dec 8, 2010.

Putnam voted Yea

Putnam voted Yea

Passed 278/128 on Apr 15, 2010.

Putnam voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Putnam voted Yea

Passed 288/116 on Apr 21, 2009.

Putnam voted Yea

Putnam voted Aye

Passed 304/118 on May 21, 2008.

Putnam voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Dec 2010, Putnam missed 329 of 6,962 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: