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Rep. Jeff Miller’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Miller’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Miller introduced 8 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 571: Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act ...; H.R. 1755: To amend title 36, United ...; H.R. 1994: VA Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 4437: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 4987: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5936: West Los Angeles Leasing Act ...; H.R. 5937: To amend title 36, United ...; H.R. 5985: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th 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.


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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 (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Florida Delegation

Of the 314 bills that Miller cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Miller introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Miller introduced 12 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 280: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 294: Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act; H.R. 571: Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act ...; H.R. 1452: To authorize Escambia County, Florida, ...; H.R. 1755: To amend title 36, United ...; H.R. 1994: VA Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 3106: Construction Reform Act of 2016; H.R. 4138: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 4590: Fiscal Year 2016 Department of ...; H.R. 4591: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 4757: To expand the eligibility for ...; H.R. 4987: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 38th most bills compared to House Republicans

Miller cosponsored 314 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Miller supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Miller 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Miller cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Miller’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 571: Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act ...; H.R. 2275: Jobs for Veterans Act of ...; H.R. 4437: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 5620: VA Accountability First and Appeals ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Miller’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 1316: Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 4: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...; H.Con.Res. 133: Honoring the members of the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Miller missed 3.2% of votes (42 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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.


 

Cosponsors

Miller’s bills and resolutions had 275 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (61st 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.