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Rep. Vern Buchanan

Representative for Florida’s 16th District

pronounced vern // byoo-KAN-un

Buchanan is the representative for Florida’s 16th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Buchanan is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 13th congressional district as a Republican from 2007 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Buchanan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Buchanan has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 28, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Vern Buchanan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Buchanan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Buchanan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%) Taxation (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Environmental Protection (6%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) International Affairs (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Buchanan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Buchanan voted Yea

Passed 227/203 on Mar 11, 2021.

Buchanan voted Aye

Passed 231/190 on May 2, 2019.

The Paris Agreement, named after the city where it was negotiated, is the international treaty by which almost every nation on earth has agreed to …

Buchanan voted Yea

Passed 240/190 on Feb 27, 2019.

Buchanan voted Nay

Failed 229/158 on May 23, 2016.

Buchanan voted Nay

Passed 241/184 on May 18, 2016.

Buchanan voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 …

Buchanan voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 …

Buchanan voted Aye

Buchanan voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jun 2022, Buchanan missed 384 of 10,578 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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

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