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Rep. Darren Soto

Representative for Florida’s 9th District

pronounced DAR-un // SOH-toh


Soto is the representative for Florida’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Soto is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Soto.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Soto is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Soto has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 99% United States Chamber of Commerce: 50% The Club for Growth: 6%

Committee Membership

Darren Soto sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Soto was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Soto sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Health (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Private Legislation (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Environmental Protection (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Soto voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Soto voted Yea

Soto voted Yea

Failed 239/137 on Dec 21, 2018.

Soto voted Yea

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion …

Soto voted Aye

Passed 239/142 on Jun 15, 2018.

More than 20,000 Americans died from synthetic drug overdoses in 2016. That represents 31 percent of all drug overdose deaths, a surging percentage in recent …

Soto voted Yea

Passed 271/145 on Feb 14, 2018.

H.R. 3978 includes the text of 6 bills, H.R. 3978, the TRID Improvement Act, H.R. 1645, the Fostering Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 4546, the …

Soto voted Yea

Passed 280/139 on Feb 8, 2018.

H.R. 4771 would require the Federal Reserve Board to apply its Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to banks and savings and loan holding companies …

Soto voted Yea

Soto voted Yea

Passed 289/135 on Dec 13, 2017.

H.R. 1638 requires the Department of Treasury to provide a report to help further efforts to prevent the financing of terrorism, money laundering, or related …

Soto voted Yea

Passed 264/155 on Sep 28, 2017.

The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six months, provides certain tax benefits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, reauthorizes certain …

Soto voted Aye

Passed 300/118 on Jun 21, 2017.

H.R. 1873 amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of …

Soto voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Nov 2021, Soto missed 22 of 2,550 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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: