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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 2020.

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

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2012 Buchanan was investigated for improperly influencing a witness before the FEC and illegally reimbursing campaign contributors. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence on the allegation of witness tampering, but that the illegal reimbursements did occur, albeit without the representative's knowledge.

May. 9, 2012 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations
Jun. 24, 2016 House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence on the allegation of witness tampering, but that the illegal reimbursements did occur, albeit without the Representative's knowledge

In 2011 Buchanan was investigated for failing to report positions he held with outside companies and to report unearned income from 2007 to 2010. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the representative unknowingly failed to disclose positions in outside companies and unearned income. They were satisfied when the representative amended his forms.

Nov. 8, 2011 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations
Jul. 10, 2012 House Committee on Ethics concluded that the representative unknowingly failed to disclose positions in outside companies and unearned income They were satisfied when the representative amended his forms
Photo of Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Buchanan.

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Oct 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Vern Buchanan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Buchanan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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:

Taxation (33%) Health (18%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Immigration (8%) International Affairs (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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 Oct 2019, Buchanan missed 332 of 9,433 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. 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

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