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Rep. Michael Bilirakis

Former Representative for Florida’s 9th District

Bilirakis was the representative for Florida’s 9th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 2006.

Photo of Rep. Michael Bilirakis [R-FL9, 1983-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bilirakis 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 Bilirakis sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bilirakis was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 19 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

Bilirakis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (16%) Health (16%) Labor and Employment (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Social Welfare (8%) Law (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bilirakis recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Dec 2006, Bilirakis missed 444 of 12,865 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: