Rep. Clifford “Cliff” Stearns

Former Representative from Florida’s 6th District, Republican

Stearns, a Republican, was the representative for Florida's 6th congressional district from 1989 to 2012.

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Stearns sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Stearns is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Stearns was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Stearns sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Taxation (14%) International Affairs (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Arts, Culture, Religion (10%) Commerce (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Stearns’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Stearns’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Yea H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
Nay H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
No S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Not Voting H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Jan 2013, Stearns missed 213 of 15,267 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 15 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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