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Rep. Gus Bilirakis

Representative for Florida’s 12th District

pronounced guss // bil-uh-RA-kuss


Bilirakis is the representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Bilirakis is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 2007 to 2012.

Bilirakis is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Bilirakis joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Bilirakis.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bilirakis 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 Bilirakis has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 21, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 91% The Club for Growth: 66% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 9% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0%

Committee Membership

Gus Bilirakis sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bilirakis was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Bilirakis sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (39%) Armed Forces and National Security (31%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) International Affairs (6%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bilirakis voted Yea

Passed 272/114 on Dec 3, 2020.

Bilirakis 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 ...

Bilirakis 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 ...

Bilirakis voted Aye

Bilirakis voted No

Bilirakis voted No

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 ...

Bilirakis voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jun 2021, Bilirakis missed 216 of 10,004 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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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