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Rep. Ron DeSantis’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Sep 10, 2018


These year-end statistics cover DeSantis’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of DeSantis’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

DeSantis held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View DeSantis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation

DeSantis cosponsored 120 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Florida Delegation

Of the 120 bills that DeSantis cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of DeSantis’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 4718: Recognition of Jerusalem as the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Supported government transparency the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether DeSantis supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave DeSantis 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

DeSantis sponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

DeSantis cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

DeSantis’s bills and resolutions had 502 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from DeSantis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Was 50th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

DeSantis missed 7.5% of votes (53 of 710 votes) in 2017. View DeSantis’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Laws Enacted

DeSantis introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

DeSantis introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeSantis introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 259: Expressing concern and condemnation over ...; H.R. 883: Targeting Child Predators Act of ...; H.R. 3737: Social Media Use in Clearance ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of DeSantis’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 259: Expressing concern and condemnation over ...; H.R. 883: Targeting Child Predators Act of ...; H.R. 3425: State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of DeSantis’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (37th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from DeSantis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (70th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.