Rep. Vern Buchanan

Representative from Florida’s 16th District, Republican

Buchanan, a Republican, is the representative for Florida's 16th congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018) (map).

He was previously the representative for Florida's 13th congressional district (2007-2012).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Buchanan.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Buchanan has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Buchanan is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Vern Buchanan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Buchanan was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Buchanan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (31%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Health (13%) Social Welfare (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Immigration (6%) Families (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Buchanan’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 4889: Kelsey Smith Act
May 23, 2016. Failed 229/158.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Aye H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Mar 2017, Buchanan missed 237 of 7,862 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 9 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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