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Rep. John Rutherford

Representative for Florida’s 4th District

pronounced jon // RU-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 is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL4]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Rutherford.

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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 88% FreedomWorks: 63% NumbersUSA: 55% NIAC Action: D Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John Rutherford sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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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:

Armed Forces and National Security (38%) Crime and Law Enforcement (38%) Government Operations and Politics (25%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rutherford’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rutherford’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 4667: Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, ...
Dec 21, 2017. Passed 251/169.
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Jul 2018, Rutherford missed 64 of 1,089 roll call votes, which is 5.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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