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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s 2018 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 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 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 291 bills that Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

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

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ros-Lehtinen introduced 11 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 201: Expressing support to the Government ...; H.Res. 274: Condemning the Government of Iran’s ...; H.Res. 317: Calling for the unconditional release ...; H.Res. 351: Condemning the violence and persecution ...; H.Res. 981: Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, ...; H.R. 1918: Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption ...; H.R. 2061: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2646: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension ...; H.R. 2976: Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment ...; H.R. 5141: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization ...; H.Con.Res. 103: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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.Res. 274: Condemning the Government of Iran’s ...; H.R. 762: Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 1863: To designate the area between ...; H.R. 2911: National Museum of the American ...; H.R. 4884: Defending Elections from Threats by ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Ros-Lehtinen’s bills and resolutions had 994 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th 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 Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ros-Lehtinen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

13 of Ros-Lehtinen’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.Res. 58: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 201: Expressing support to the Government ...; H.Res. 274: Condemning the Government of Iran’s ...; H.Res. 317: Calling for the unconditional release ...; H.Res. 351: Condemning the violence and persecution ...; H.Res. 981: Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, ...; H.R. 762: Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 1918: Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption ...; H.R. 2061: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2646: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension ...; H.R. 2911: National Museum of the American ...; H.R. 5141: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization ...; H.Con.Res. 89: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Was 22nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Ros-Lehtinen missed 12.9% of votes (156 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Ros-Lehtinen’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 26th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Ros-Lehtinen’s 24 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Ros-Lehtinen caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Wrote the 27th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 15 others)

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 3 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. 1918: Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption ...; H.R. 2061: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2976: Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 38th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored 291 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 (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Ros-Lehtinen introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

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 (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Ros-Lehtinen supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ros-Lehtinen 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).


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.