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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 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 45 years old.

Photo of Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]

Earmarks

Soto proposed $31 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $5 million to Greater Orlando Aviation Authority for “Realign SB JFB at Station Loop Road”
  • $5 million to Polk County for “Polk County Children and Pedestrian Safety Project”
  • $3.3 million to City of St. Cloud for “Stormwater Improvements & Flood Prevention in Historic Downtown”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Appropriations.house.gov. Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 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, 2019 to Sep 30, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Darren Soto sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Soto was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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:

Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Immigration (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) Commerce (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Health (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Soto recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Soto voted Yea

Soto voted Nay

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 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 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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Sep 2023, Soto missed 27 of 3,675 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.7% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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