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Rep. Bill Posey’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Posey’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Posey’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.

 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Florida Delegation

Posey introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 451: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1726: To award a Congressional Gold ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Posey’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.R. 450: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection ...; H.R. 792: Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small ...; H.R. 1726: To award a Congressional Gold ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Florida Delegation

Of the 289 bills that Posey cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

8 of Posey’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.R. 792: Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small ...; H.R. 927: Common Sense Economic Recovery Act ...; H.R. 1726: To award a Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 3762: Personal Tax Information Protection Act; H.R. 3763: Personal Health Information Protection Act; H.R. 3764: Personal Financial Information Protection Act; H.R. 4557: Policyholder Protection Act of 2014; H.R. 5520: SAFE for America Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Posey introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 26th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Posey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Was 36th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Posey missed 0.4% of votes (5 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Posey’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (8th 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.


 

Got the 42nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Posey’s bills and resolutions had 621 cosponsors in the 113th 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); House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 44th most bills compared to House Republicans

Posey cosponsored 289 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 (74th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ranked 65th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Posey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 65th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 52% of Posey’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (73rd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Posey introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 451: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4662: Bureau Advisory Opinion Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Posey supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Posey 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.