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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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Waltz is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Michael Waltz [R-FL6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 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, 2017 to Mar 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 73% League of Conservation Voters: 34% Human Rights Campaign: 7%

Enacted Legislation

Waltz was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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 (55%) Government Operations and Politics (27%) International Affairs (18%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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 Yea

Waltz voted Nay

Passed 362/31 on Jan 13, 2020.

Waltz voted Yea

Passed 262/151 on Dec 10, 2019.

Waltz voted Yea

Passed 249/173 on Oct 22, 2019.

Waltz voted Yea

Waltz voted Yea

Waltz voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2021, Waltz missed 59 of 1,016 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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