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Rep. Vern Buchanan’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 16th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Buchanan’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Buchanan’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Florida Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Buchanan’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. 409: Stop Punishing Innocent Americans Act; H.R. 557: Retirement Security Act of 2015; H.R. 3957: Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act; H.R. 4301: To require the Secretary of ...; H.J.Res. 17: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Buchanan cosponsored 94 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 (4th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th top leader compared to Florida Delegation

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Buchanan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 52nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 94 bills that Buchanan cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 55th most liberal compared to House Republicans

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Buchanan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Was 81st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Buchanan missed 4.7% of votes (33 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Buchanan’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Buchanan introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 91: Veterans Identification Card Act 2015

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Buchanan introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Buchanan introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2506: Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Buchanan’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 91: Veterans Identification Card Act 2015; H.R. 2506: Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection ...; H.R. 2582: Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Buchanan tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 50% of Buchanan’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Buchanan 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 Buchanan’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Buchanan’s bills and resolutions had 185 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (56th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Buchanan supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Buchanan 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.