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Rep. Sam Gibbons

Former Representative for Florida’s 11th District

Gibbons was the representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1992; the representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1967 to 1972; and the representative for Florida’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1966.

Photo of Rep. Sam Gibbons [D-FL11, 1993-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gibbons is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Gibbons sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gibbons was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 12 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

Gibbons sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Taxation (18%) Law (15%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Commerce (8%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gibbons’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Sep 1996, Gibbons missed 1,636 of 15,207 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: