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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Ros-Lehtinen’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 239 bills that Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd 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 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Florida Delegation

Ros-Lehtinen missed 6.1% of votes (73 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Ros-Lehtinen’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th 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.


 

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

13 of Ros-Lehtinen’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.Res. 281: Expressing concern over persistent and ...; H.Res. 308: Expressing support to end the ...; H.Res. 488: Supporting the people of Venezuela ...; H.Res. 505: Strongly recommending that the United ...; H.R. 419: Taiwan Policy Act of 2013; H.R. 732: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; H.R. 893: Iran, North Korea, and Syria ...; H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act ...; H.R. 1687: Countering ALBA Act of 2013; H.R. 3766: To amend the Atomic Energy ...; H.R. 4229: Venezuelan Liberty and Democratic Solidarity ...; H.R. 4587: Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy ...; H.Con.Res. 107: A concurrent resolution denouncing the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Ros-Lehtinen’s bills and resolutions had 1,144 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ros-Lehtinen introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 281: Expressing concern over persistent and ...; H.R. 419: Taiwan Policy Act of 2013; H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act ...; H.R. 3583: Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act; H.R. 4587: Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy ...; H.R. 5030: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 5030: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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 (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored 239 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.