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Rep. Matt Gaetz

Representative for Florida’s 1st District

pronounced mat // gayts

Gaetz is the representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Gaetz is next up for reelection in 2020.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In February 2019, Gaetz posted a threatening tweet aimed at Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney the night before Cohen was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee regarding crimes for which Cohen had been found guilty and in which, according to federal prosecutors, the President participated. Gaetz was referred to the Florida Bar for investigation and possible discipline. In May 2019, the Florida Bar announced that they would proceed to the next step of review and not dismiss the complaint against him.

Feb. 27, 2019 Florida Bar Association opened an investigation against Gaetz for attempted witness intimidation.
May. 8, 2019 Florida Bar Association moved the investigation to the Grievance Committee to decide whether or not there is probable cause that Gaetz broke Florida Supreme Court rules for lawyers.
Photo of Rep. Matt Gaetz [R-FL1]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Gaetz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gaetz 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gaetz has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 100% NumbersUSA: 97% FreedomWorks: 75% NIAC Action: D Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Matt Gaetz sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gaetz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (31%) Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Environmental Protection (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Health (15%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gaetz voted Nay

Gaetz voted Nay

Passed 422/3 on Jan 29, 2019.

When terrorists groups increasingly relying on Bitcoin and other similar virtual currencies, what should be done? #### Context Bitcoin is the most famous among several ...

Gaetz voted Nay

Passed 412/3 on Jan 28, 2019.

Gaetz voted Nay

Gaetz voted Nay

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Gaetz voted Nay

Passed 369/47 on Dec 12, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Gaetz voted Yea

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Gaetz voted Yea

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Gaetz voted Nay

Passed 261/155 on Jun 20, 2018.

H.R. 5797 allows state Medicaid programs to remove the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for Medicaid beneficiaries aged 21 to 64 with an opioid ...

Gaetz voted Nay

Gaetz voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Jun 2019, Gaetz missed 113 of 1,577 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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