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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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

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 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 House Committee on Ethics requests for interviews, an Investigative Subcommittee was established in June 2019. In August 2020, the House Committee on Ethics published the report of the Investigative Subcommittee admonishing Gaetz for unprofessional behavior.

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.
Aug. 21, 2020 House Committee on Ethics published the report of the Investigative Subcommittee admonishing Gaetz for unprofessional behavior.
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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 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 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 18, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

NumbersUSA: 97% Americans for Prosperity: 95% The Club for Growth: 80% FreedomWorks: 75% United States Chamber of Commerce: 70% NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 9% League of Conservation Voters: 9% Human Rights Campaign: 0% 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 (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) International Affairs (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Health (11%) Immigration (11%) Environmental Protection (11%)

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

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 Sep 2020, Gaetz missed 163 of 2,106 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much 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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