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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 27th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Ros-Lehtinen’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Ros-Lehtinen’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 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 149 bills that Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (89th 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 highest % of bills compared to Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59% of Ros-Lehtinen’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (90th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Ros-Lehtinen’s bills and resolutions had 776 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

6 of Ros-Lehtinen’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.Res. 281: Expressing concern over persistent and ...; H.Res. 308: Expressing support to end the ...; H.R. 419: Taiwan Policy Act of 2013; H.R. 732: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act ...; H.R. 1687: Countering ALBA Act of 2013

Compare to all Florida Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 71st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Ros-Lehtinen missed 5.8% of votes (37 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Ros-Lehtinen’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ros-Lehtinen introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 419: Taiwan Policy Act of 2013

Compare to all Florida Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 Ros-Lehtinen’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. 732: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; H.R. 1758: CDBG Public Services Flexibility Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Ros-Lehtinen held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Ros-Lehtinen’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored 149 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 (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Ros-Lehtinen supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ros-Lehtinen 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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