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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.

 

Missed Votes

14th most voting among Serving 10+ Years

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 4th most voting out of 27 0
15% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th most voting out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 57th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Laws Enacted

16th most bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 2nd most bills out of 27 0
8 View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 16th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

18th most bills among 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
17 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 10th most bills out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

34th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 4 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 4th most bills out of 27 3
106 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 68th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

37th most conservative among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Florida Delegation 7th most conservative out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 37th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 114th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 134th most conservative out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

43rd most bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 27 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 28th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 23rd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 43rd most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

52nd best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 5th best score out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 24th best score out of 185
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House Republicans 49th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 52nd best score out of 439
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

60th most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 10th least bipartisan out of 27 10
55% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 69th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 196th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

76th most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 6th most cosponsors out of 27 2
1,029 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 44th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 45th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 76th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

78th most bills among House Republicans

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 13th fewest bills out of 27 139
818 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 88th fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 78th most bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 211th fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bilirakis introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 27 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Bilirakis’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation lowest score along with 11 others out of 27 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 38) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation least supportive along with 7 others out of 27 0
12 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All

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.

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.