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.
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|
Read our 2016 Report Card for Brown.
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.
Brown was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2447 (112th): To grant the congressional gold medal to the Montford Point Marines.
- H.R. 315 (109th): To designate the United States courthouse at 300 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida, as the “John Milton Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 1882 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 440 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida, as the “Arthur `Pappy’ Kennedy Post Office”.
- H.R. 1883 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1601-1 Main Street in Jacksonville, Florida, as the “Eddie Mae Steward Post Office”.
- H.R. 3710 (104th): To designate a United States courthouse located in Tampa, Florida, as the “Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 2431 (103rd): To designate the Federal building in Jacksonville, Florida, as the “Charles E. Bennett Federal Building”.
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).
Brown sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Brown’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 789 (114th): Condemning the horrific acts of terrorism and hatred in Orlando, Florida, on ...
- H.R. 5448 (114th): To expand the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program to include members of the ...
- H.R. 5407 (114th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of ...
- H.R. 5059 (114th): Love Lives On Act of 2016
- H.R. 3828 (114th): Land-Grant Opportunity Act
- H.R. 3768 (114th): SES TRUST Act
- H.R. 3715 (114th): Final Farewell Act of 2016
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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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