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Rep. Kendrick Meek

Former Representative for Florida’s 17th District

Meek was the representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Kendrick Meek [D-FL17, 2003-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Meek is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Meek sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Meek was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Meek sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (29%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Commerce (11%) Health (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Meek recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2010, Meek missed 341 of 5,966 roll call votes, which is 5.7%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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

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