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Rep. Michael Waltz

Representative for Florida’s 6th District

pronounced MĪ-kul // wawlts


Waltz is the representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Waltz is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 49 years old.

Elections must be decided by counting votes

Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided instead by incumbent politicians running in the very same election. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.


Waltz was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. Shortly after the election, Waltz joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors.
Photo of Rep. Michael Waltz [R-FL6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Waltz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Waltz 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 Waltz has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 29, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Michael Waltz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Waltz was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Waltz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (24%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) International Affairs (17%) Energy (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Health (7%) Immigration (5%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Waltz recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Waltz voted Yea

Waltz voted Nay

Passed 369/42 on Jun 13, 2022.

Waltz voted Yea

Waltz voted Nay

Passed 364/60 on Dec 8, 2021.

Waltz voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Waltz voted Nay

Waltz voted Yea

Waltz voted Nay

Passed 362/31 on Jan 13, 2020.

Waltz voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2023, Waltz missed 79 of 2,134 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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