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Rep. Vern Buchanan’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 16th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Buchanan’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation

Buchanan cosponsored 167 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); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Buchanan’s bills and resolutions had 134 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. 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 (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom/follower 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Buchanan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 167 bills that Buchanan cosponsored, 64% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 16th most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Buchanan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 10 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 97: Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act …; H.R. 99: Thin Blue Line Act; H.R. 100: Veteran Overmedication and Suicide Prevention …; H.R. 1556: Sunshine Protection Act of 2019; H.R. 6708: Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet Act …; H.J.Res. 5: Proposing an amendment to the …

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Was 86th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Buchanan missed 4.9% of votes (47 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Buchanan’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Laws Enacted

Buchanan introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 97: Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act …; H.R. 2226: Fentanyl Sanctions Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Buchanan introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Buchanan introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 97: Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act …; H.R. 2226: Fentanyl Sanctions Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Buchanan’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Buchanan’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Buchanan caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward 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 (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.