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Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 12th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Bilirakis’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Bilirakis’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Bilirakis missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Bilirakis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Wrote the 16th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Bilirakis introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 643: Veterans Education Survey Act of ...; H.R. 2298: Medicare Patient Safety and Drug ...; H.R. 3953: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4063: Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 18th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Bilirakis’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Introduced the 34th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Bilirakis introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 37th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 43rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

8 of Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 271: COVER Act; H.R. 303: Retired Pay Restoration Act; H.R. 361: Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act; H.R. 556: Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy ...; H.R. 1116: Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act ...; H.R. 1738: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; H.R. 3952: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 5098: FTC REPORTS Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 52nd top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 60th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 267 bills that Bilirakis cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got the 76th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions had 528 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bilirakis introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1738: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; H.R. 3953: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4063: Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Bilirakis held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Bilirakis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Bilirakis cosponsored 267 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 556: Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bilirakis supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bilirakis 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.