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Rep. Porter Goss

Former Representative for Florida’s 14th District

Goss was the representative for Florida’s 14th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 13th congressional district as a Republican from 1989 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Porter Goss [R-FL14, 1993-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goss is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Goss sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Goss was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Goss sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Law (12%) International Affairs (10%) Health (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Goss recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Sep 2004, Goss missed 222 of 8,844 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2004. 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: