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Rep. John Mica’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 7th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Mica’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 Mica’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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among Florida Delegation

Mica cosponsored 75 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation the fewest bills out of 26 75
400 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills out of 180 0
535 bills View All
House Republicans 25th fewest bills out of 232 0
412 bills View All
Safe House Seats 31st fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 396 0
535 bills View All
All Representatives 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
535 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

the most voting among Florida Delegation; tied with 1 other

Mica missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Mica’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation the most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 26 0
10% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 175 0
72% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 20th most voting (tied w/ 9) out of 389 0
72% missed votes View All
All Representatives 24th most voting (tied w/ 13) out of 432 0
72% missed votes View All

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

18th fewest cosponsors among House Republicans

Mica’s bills and resolutions had 15 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 26 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 19th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 180 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 18th fewest cosponsors out of 232 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 37th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 396 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 39th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

17th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Mica introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 26 0
45 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 180 0
44 bills View All
House Republicans 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 232 0
32 bills View All
Safe House Seats 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 396 0
45 bills View All
All Representatives 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 439 0
45 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

31st least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 75 bills that Mica cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 6th least bipartisan out of 26 2
48% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 31st least bipartisan out of 178 1
73% of bills View All
House Republicans 110th most bipartisan out of 229 1
40% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 116th least bipartisan out of 392 1
73% of bills View All
All Representatives 121st least bipartisan out of 435 1
73% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

139th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 133 others

1 of Mica’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. 1948: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 10th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 26 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 52nd fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 180 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 74th fewest bills (tied w/ 70) out of 232 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 125th fewest bills (tied w/ 120) out of 396 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 139th fewest bills (tied w/ 133) out of 439 0
14 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Mica introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 17 others out of 26 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 109 others out of 180 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 95 others out of 232 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 228 others out of 396 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 259 others out of 439 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Mica 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. 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 Mica’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation 2nd highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 26 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 97) out of 180 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 25th highest score (tied w/ 91) out of 232 0
10 points View All
Safe House Seats 46th highest score (tied w/ 168) out of 396 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 48th highest score (tied w/ 183) out of 439 0
10 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Mica’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 11 others out of 26 0
5 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 59 others out of 180 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 82 others out of 232 0
8 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 146 others out of 396 0
8 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 159 others out of 439 0
8 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Mica introduced 0 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 23 others out of 26 0
2 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 157 others out of 180 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 232 0
3 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 357 others out of 396 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 392 others out of 439 0
3 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation least supportive along with 19 others out of 26 0
2 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 144 others out of 180 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 198 others out of 232 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 396 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 352 others out of 439 0
9 points View All

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.

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.