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Rep. Alcee Hastings’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 20th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Hastings’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Hastings’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Florida Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Hastings’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.Res. 130: To express the sense of ...; H.Res. 203: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 705: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 277: Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian ...; H.R. 839: Lena Horne Recognition Act; H.R. 4253: Avonte’s Law Act of 2015; H.R. 4436: Everglades for the Next Generation ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Florida Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hastings’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to Florida Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Hastings supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hastings 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hastings cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to All Representatives

Hastings cosponsored 818 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Florida Delegation

6 of Hastings’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 123: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 130: To express the sense of ...; H.Res. 211: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 752: Condemning the Dog Meat Festival ...; H.R. 2268: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools ...; H.R. 4355: Corey Jones Act of 2016

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Was 11th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Hastings missed 15.5% of votes (205 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Hastings’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Ranked the 17th top leader compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hastings’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Hastings’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got the 27th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Hastings’s bills and resolutions had 562 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 75th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Hastings introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hastings introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hastings introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 818 bills that Hastings cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Hastings held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Hastings’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.