Rep. Darren Soto
Representative for Florida’s 9th District
pronounced DAR-un // SOH-toh
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
Read our 2022 Report Card for Soto.
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.
Darren Soto sits on the following committees:
Soto was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4404 (117th): Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Act
- H.R. 49 (117th): To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 164 (117th): To authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 495 (117th): For the relief of Alejandra Juarez.
- H.R. 2969 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1401 1st Street North in Winter Haven, Florida, as the “Althea Margaret Daily Mills Post …
- H.R. 4528 (115th): To make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4042 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the “Borinqueneers Post Office Building”.
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).
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:
- H.R. 4949: Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act
- H.R. 4814: Consumer Safety Technology Act
- H.R. 4722: Protect Patriot Spouses Act
- H.R. 4498: Jobs of the Future Act of 2023
- H.R. 4444: To establish in the Executive Office of the President an Office of Young …
- H.R. 4199: To amend the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 to …
- H.R. 4140: To authorize the President to award the Purple Heart to Louis Boria, Jr., …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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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