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Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 12th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Bilirakis’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Florida Delegation

Bilirakis introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1222: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 1994: VETERAN Act; H.R. 3245: Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties ...; H.R. 3926: Community CARE Act; H.R. 4830: SIT-REP Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd 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 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 9 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 3926: Community CARE Act; H.R. 4561: SAFE TECH Act; H.R. 4830: SIT-REP Act; H.R. 5675: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 5808: Medicaid Pharmaceutical Home Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to House Republicans

Bilirakis introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Bilirakis’s 41 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bilirakis caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

7 of Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1222: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 1771: VA GORDIAN KNOT Act; H.R. 4430: To provide temporary direct hire ...; H.R. 4561: SAFE TECH Act; H.R. 4830: SIT-REP Act; H.R. 5675: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 5808: Medicaid Pharmaceutical Home Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 32nd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 35th 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 290 bills that Bilirakis cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 40th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Bilirakis cosponsored 290 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 (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Ranked the 93rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bilirakis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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 ...; H.R. 6092: Sober Home Fraud Detection Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

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).


 

Cosponsors

Bilirakis’s bills and resolutions had 359 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Bilirakis missed 4.4% of votes (53 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Bilirakis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bilirakis supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bilirakis 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Bilirakis cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 115th Congress) 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.