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Rep. Mark Foley

Former Representative for Florida’s 16th District

Foley, a Republican, was the representative for Florida’s 16th congressional district from 1995 to 2006.

Congressional misconduct:

In 2006, Foley faced allegations of sexual abuse of underage Congressional pages. Within one day of the initial news report of his behavior, and in light of Speaker Hastert's plan to expel him if he remained, Foley resigned on Sept. 29, 2006. In 2008, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement closed a criminal investigation of Foley's possible use of government computers to engage in illegal activities such as sexually explicit texting with minors without filing charges due to insufficient evidence.

Photo of Rep. Mark Foley [R-FL16, 1995-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Foley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Foley sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Foley was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were 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 about one third or more 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

Foley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (14%) Law (12%) Taxation (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Sep 2006, Foley missed 164 of 7,145 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2006. 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: