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Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 26th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Curbelo’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Curbelo’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.

 

Bills Introduced

4th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 2 others

Curbelo introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 3
54 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 16th most bills out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Freshmen 4th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 64 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 87th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 155th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

4 of Curbelo’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1386: SESO Act; H.R. 3665: To authorize appropriations for the ...; H.R. 3756: WIFIA Improvement Act; H.R. 4284: Service Provider Opportunity Clarification Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen 6th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

8th most cosponsors among House Freshmen

Curbelo’s bills and resolutions had 181 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 13th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
464 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 15th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 8th most cosponsors out of 64 0
347 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 88th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 165th most cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th highest % of bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 75% of Curbelo’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
House Freshmen 2nd highest % of bills out of 8 8
77% of bills View All
Florida Delegation the highest % of bills out of 14 4
75% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 3rd highest % of bills out of 20 19
77% of bills View All
House Republicans 9th highest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 9th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

11th best score among House Freshmen

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Curbelo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 12th worst score out of 27
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Competitive House Seats 21st best score out of 55
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House Freshmen 11th best score out of 64
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House Republicans 117th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 197th best score out of 440
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Missed Votes

13th most absent among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Curbelo missed 2.3% of votes (16 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Curbelo’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 13th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
11% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 15th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 13th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 62 0
16% missed votes View All
All Representatives 172nd most absent (tied w/ 9) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

30th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 190 bills that Curbelo cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 12th least bipartisan out of 27 9
65% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 25th least bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Freshmen 24th most bipartisan out of 64 0
65% of bills View All
House Republicans 30th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 195th most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

57th most bills among House Republicans

Curbelo cosponsored 190 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 83
540 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 22nd most bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Freshmen 15th most bills out of 64 21
343 bills View All
House Republicans 57th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 182nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

71st most liberal among House Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Curbelo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Florida Delegation 11th most conservative out of 27
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Competitive House Seats 23rd most conservative out of 55
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House Freshmen 30th most conservative out of 64
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House Republicans 71st most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 177th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Curbelo introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 14 others out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 30 others out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 31 others out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Curbelo 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Curbelo’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation 4th highest score (tied w/ 11) out of 27 0
5 points View All
Competitive House Seats 6th highest score (tied w/ 20) out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 27 others out of 64 0
1 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Curbelo’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
5 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 18 others out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 34 others out of 64 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Curbelo introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 23 others out of 27 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 44 others out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 55 others out of 64 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Curbelo supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Curbelo 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation least supportive along with 13 others out of 27 0
8 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 30 others out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Freshmen least supportive along with 26 others out of 64 0
4 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2015) 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.