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Rep. Lois Frankel

Representative for Florida’s 21st District

pronounced LOH-iss // FRANGK-ul

Frankel is the representative for Florida’s 21st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2017. Frankel is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

She was previously the representative for Florida’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2016.

Rep. Lois Frankel is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Jun 26, 2020, Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5] will be casting Frankel’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Frankel.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Frankel 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 Frankel has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Lois Frankel sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 1 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

Frankel sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (38%) Health (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Immigration (9%) Education (6%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Frankel voted No

Passed 347/70 on May 16, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 2372 strengthens and improves the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system for the benefit of the nation’s veterans. The ...

Frankel voted Nay

Passed 382/35 on May 16, 2018.

A bill that recently passed the House with large bipartisan support would change the way our country punishes anybody who kills or attempts to kill ...

Frankel voted Yea

Passed 252/167 on Dec 14, 2017.

H.R. 4324 would require the Department of the Treasury to submit a report to Congress regarding financial transactions authorized in connection with commercial passenger aircraft ...

Frankel voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Frankel 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 ...

Frankel voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Frankel voted No

Frankel voted Nay

Frankel voted No

Passed 325/91 on Dec 5, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2020, Frankel missed 191 of 4,641 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% 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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