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Rep. Kathy Castor

Representative for Florida’s 14th District

pronounced KATH-ee // KASS-ter


Castor is the representative for Florida’s 14th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Castor is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Castor 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 Castor has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Kathy Castor sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Castor 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

Castor sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (35%) Commerce (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Energy (12%) Sports and Recreation (8%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Castor recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Castor voted Yea

Castor voted Nay

Passed 386/5 on Dec 20, 2018.

Should you be able to drive your water hyacinth plant to another state without being labeled a criminal under the law? #### Context There are …

Castor voted Aye

Castor voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Castor voted Aye

Castor voted Yea

Passed 268/154 on Feb 5, 2014.

Castor voted Aye

Castor voted No

Castor voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jul 2022, Castor missed 364 of 10,696 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% 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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