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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 participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the 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 discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]

Analysis

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 May 24, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Gus Bilirakis sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bilirakis was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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 (40%) Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) International Affairs (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bilirakis recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Bilirakis voted Nay

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

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 May 2022, Bilirakis missed 218 of 10,511 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with 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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