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Rep. Robert Sikes

Former Representative for Florida’s 1st District

Sikes was the representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1941 to 1962.


On Jul. 21, 1976, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Sikes for improper financial disclosure [R. 44] and conflict of interest and recommended reprimand, 10-2. On Jul. 29, 1976, the House of Representatives reprimanded him, 381-3. In 1978, he did not seek re-election.

Jul. 21, 1976 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended reprimand, 10-2
Jul. 29, 1976 House of Representatives reprimanded, 381-3
1978 Did not seek re-election.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sikes is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Sikes sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sikes was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 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

Sikes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Private Legislation (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sikes recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1941 to Oct 1978, Sikes missed 912 of 8,145 roll call votes, which is 11.2%. This is on par with the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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: