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Rep. Mark Foley

Former Representative for Florida’s 16th District

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

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2006, Foley faced allegations of sexual abuse of underage Congressional pages. 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 without filing charges due to insufficient evidence.

Sep. 29, 2006 ABC News reported that in 2005 Foley had sent sexually explicit messages to underage Congressional pages.
Sep. 29, 2006 Speaker Hastert threatened to expel Foley if he did not resign.
Sep. 29, 2006 Resigned.
Sep. 19, 2008 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement closed a criminal investigation of Foley without filing charges due to insufficient evidence. The allegations were that he used government computers to engage in illegal activities such as sexually explicit texting with minors.
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 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 from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Foley 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

Foley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (14%) Law (12%) Taxation (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Economics and Public Finance (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.

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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