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Rep. Clifford “Cliff” Stearns

Former Representative for Florida’s 6th District

Stearns was the representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1989 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Clifford “Cliff” Stearns [R-FL6, 1989-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stearns is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Stearns sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Stearns sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Taxation (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) International Affairs (12%) Arts, Culture, Religion (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stearns recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stearns voted No

Stearns voted No

Passed 269/161 on Aug 1, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th …

Stearns voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Stearns voted No

Stearns voted Nay

Stearns voted Nay

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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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