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Rep. Corrine Brown

Former Representative for Florida’s 5th District

Brown was the representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2013 to 2016.

She was previously the representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

In 2016 Brown was convicted for a range of mail violations, wire fraud, defrauding the IRS and related charges. In 2016, Brown lost in the primary and in 2017 she was convicted of the charges against her. In December 2017, she was sentenced to five years in prison.

Mar. 23, 2016 House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice
2016 Brown lost in the primary.
2017 Convicted and was sentenced to five years in prison.

On Sep. 21, 2000, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Brown for a gift of lodging for the member provided at premises owned or controlled by an imprisoned foreign national and a gift of an automobile to Brown’s adult daughter in 1997. The committe established an investigative subcommittee on June 9, 1999, the subcommittee recommended no further action and the full committee accepted the recommendation on Sept. 20, 2000. A press statement was released on Sept. 21, 2000.

Sep. 21, 2000 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct established investigative subcommittee (June 9, 1999); Subcommittee recommended no further action, committee accepted recommendation (Sept. 20, 2000); press statement released
Photo of Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Brown.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brown is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Brown sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brown was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Brown sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (60%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Brown voted Yea

Passed 254/173 on Oct 8, 2015.

Brown voted No

Brown voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Brown voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Brown voted Aye

Brown voted Aye

Brown voted Aye

Brown 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 ...

Brown voted Yea

Failed 141/149 on May 15, 2008.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2016, Brown missed 1,349 of 15,960 roll call votes, which is 8.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: