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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Representative for Florida’s 23rd District

pronounced DEH-bee // WASS-er-mun shuults

Wasserman Schultz is the representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Wasserman Schultz’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for Florida’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 2005 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wasserman Schultz 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 Wasserman Schultz has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 29, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Debbie Wasserman Schultz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Wasserman Schultz 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

Wasserman Schultz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (26%) International Affairs (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Immigration (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Commerce (8%) Housing and Community Development (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Wasserman Schultz recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Wasserman Schultz voted Yea

Wasserman Schultz voted Nay

Passed 386/5 on Dec 20, 2018.

Should you be able to drive your water hyacinth plant to another state without being labeled a criminal under the law? #### Context There are …

Wasserman Schultz voted Yea

Wasserman Schultz voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

Wasserman Schultz 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 …

Wasserman Schultz voted No

Wasserman Schultz voted Yea

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 …

Wasserman Schultz voted Aye

Wasserman Schultz 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 …

Wasserman Schultz voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Wasserman Schultz voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Nov 2022, Wasserman Schultz missed 586 of 11,967 roll call votes, which is 4.9%. This is much worse 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

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