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Rep. Jeff Miller’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 1st District
Republican
Served Oct 23, 2001 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Miller’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him 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 Miller’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 the most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Miller’s bills and resolutions had 1,195 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 (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked the 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 Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Florida Delegation

Miller held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most conservative compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (77th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Miller introduced 2 bills that became law in 2013. 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. 324: To grant the Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 3302: To name the Department of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Miller’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. 322: Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting ...; H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act ...; H.R. 602: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act; H.R. 813: Putting Veterans Funding First Act ...; H.R. 3521: Department of Veterans Affairs Major ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Miller introduced 7 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act ...; H.R. 602: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act; H.R. 813: Putting Veterans Funding First Act ...; H.R. 1095: TSA Loose Change Act; H.R. 2189: To improve the processing of ...; H.R. 2954: To authorize Escambia County, Florida, ...; H.R. 3521: Department of Veterans Affairs Major ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 11th most absent in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Miller missed 4.2% of votes (27 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (54th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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.


 

Introduced the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Miller introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 55% of Miller’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (80th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of Miller’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.R. 324: To grant the Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act ...; H.R. 813: Putting Veterans Funding First Act ...; H.R. 3302: To name the Department of ...; H.R. 3521: Department of Veterans Affairs Major ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 38th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 176 bills that Miller cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (27th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 47th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Miller cosponsored 176 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 (65th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Miller supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Miller 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 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.