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. In March 2019, the Ethics Committee began a review of Gaetz's actions. In August 2019, the Florida Bar announced it had found "no probable cause" that Gaetz had violated its rules and closed its investigation. Because of his repeated refusals to respond to committee requests for interviews, an Investigative Subcommittee was established in June 2019.
|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.|
|Mar. 13, 2019||House Committee on Ethics after receipt of a member complaint, the committee began a review of Gaetz's tweet.|
|May. 13, 2019||Gaetz refused to appear for an interview with the committee.|
|Jun. 28, 2019||House Committee on Ethics on May 16 the Committee warned Gaetz that further non-compliance would result in an Investigative Subcommittee; he continued to refuse to appear for an interview and they established the Investigative Subcommittee in June.|
|Aug. 14, 2019||Florida Bar Association closed its investigation with a finding of no probable cause of rule violation.|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Gaetz.
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 Sep 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Matt Gaetz sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Armed Services
- House Committee on the Judiciary
Gaetz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Gaetz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 306: PENCIL Resolution
- H.Res. 288: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green Real Deal.
- H.Res. 97: Justice for All Resolution
- H.R. 601: Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2019
- H.R. 5634: Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018
- H.R. 5120: Presidential Appointment of FISA Court Judges Act
- H.Res. 717: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the so-called “FISA memo”, ...
From Jan 2017 to Sep 2019, Gaetz missed 119 of 1,750 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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