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Rep. John Rutherford

Representative for Florida’s 4th District

pronounced jon // RUH-ther-ferd

Rutherford is the representative for Florida’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Rutherford’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Rutherford is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the election, Rutherford joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Rutherford voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL4]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rutherford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Rutherford has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 6, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

John Rutherford sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rutherford was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Rutherford sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (33%) Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Energy (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (20%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Rutherford recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Rutherford voted Yea

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 304/122 on Mar 30, 2022.

Rutherford voted Nay

Passed 405/12 on Mar 28, 2022.

Should your jail time be increased if a judge believes you probably committed another crime in addition, but were found not guilty? # Context In …

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Rutherford voted Yea

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 307/112 on Jun 28, 2021.

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Rutherford voted Yea

Rutherford voted Yea

Failed 269/147 on May 28, 2020.

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 262/151 on Dec 10, 2019.

Rutherford voted Yea

Passed 249/173 on Oct 22, 2019.

Rutherford voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Dec 2022, Rutherford missed 158 of 3,108 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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