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Rep. Richard Kelly

Former Representative for Florida’s 5th District

Kelly was the representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 1980.


Kelly faced an allegation of bribery and conspiracy in the ABSCAM investigation. On Nov. 4, 1980, he lost the election. On Jan. 26, 1981, he was convicted.

Nov. 4, 1980 Lost the election.
Jan. 26, 1981 Convicted.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kelly is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Kelly sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kelly sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) International Affairs (18%) Agriculture and Food (18%) Private Legislation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Taxation (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kelly recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 1980, Kelly missed 288 of 4,089 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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: