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Rep. Joe Garcia

Former Representative for Florida’s 26th District

Garcia was the representative for Florida’s 26th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Joe Garcia [D-FL26, 2013-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Garcia.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Garcia is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Garcia sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Garcia was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Garcia sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (43%) Immigration (29%) Government Operations and Politics (29%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Garcia recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Garcia voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Garcia voted Nay

Garcia voted Aye

Garcia voted Yea

Garcia voted Yea

Passed 239/176 on Aug 1, 2013.

Garcia voted Aye

Passed 221/198 on May 23, 2013.

6/17/2013: In what could become an annual occurrence, Congress yet again faces a looming deadline to resolve the problem of student loan interest rates. Without …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2014, Garcia missed 42 of 1,204 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: