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Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Bilirakis’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to Florida Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bilirakis introduced 5 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 437: Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act; H.R. 1222: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 1994: VETERAN Act; H.R. 3245: Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties ...; H.R. 4561: SAFE TECH Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 7 others)

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. 2183: Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Bilirakis introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 43rd 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 173 bills that Bilirakis cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 52nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Bilirakis’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 80th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Bilirakis missed 4.4% of votes (31 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Bilirakis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

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).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1222: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 4430: To provide temporary direct hire ...; H.R. 4561: SAFE TECH Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bilirakis introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 1994: VETERAN Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions had 230 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bilirakis supported any of 21 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).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Bilirakis cosponsored 173 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 (41st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (45th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.