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Rep. Ross Spano’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 15th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Spano’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Spano’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.

 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Spano’s bills and resolutions had 46 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (7th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Spano’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Spano caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation

Spano cosponsored 163 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 (19th percentile); House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Was 6th most present in votes compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Spano missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Spano’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); House Freshmen (49th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Spano’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. 4223: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 51st least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 163 bills that Spano cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 51st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Spano introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Spano introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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 Freshmen (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Spano introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Spano’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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.

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


 

Committee Positions

Spano held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Spano’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.