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Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Curbelo’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 468: Foreign Spill Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1246: Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief ...; H.R. 1810: Small Business Tax Equity Act ...; H.R. 2011: Carbon Capture Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 5382: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ...; H.R. 7015: Agricultural Trade Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Curbelo missed 7.4% of votes (90 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Curbelo’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Curbelo supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Curbelo 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Curbelo cosponsored H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to Florida Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Curbelo introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 695: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce ...; H.R. 2901: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence ...; H.R. 5192: Protecting Children from Identity Theft ...; H.R. 5699: HOST Act of 2018; H.R. 5774: Combating Opioid Abuse for Care ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Curbelo introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to House Republicans

Curbelo cosponsored 377 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 (77th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Curbelo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (65th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 377 bills that Curbelo cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Curbelo’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Curbelo caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Curbelo introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 5192: Protecting Children from Identity Theft ...; H.R. 5699: HOST Act of 2018; H.R. 5774: Combating Opioid Abuse for Care ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); House Sophomores (82nd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Curbelo’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 468: Foreign Spill Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1468: Recognizing America’s Children Act; H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce ...; H.R. 5847: Protecting Family Resources and Training ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Curbelo 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 Curbelo’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsors

Curbelo’s bills and resolutions had 310 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (72nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Curbelo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (54th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.