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Rep. Virginia “Ginny” Brown-Waite

Former Representative for Florida’s 5th District


Brown-Waite was the representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 2003 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Virginia “Ginny” Brown-Waite [R-FL5, 2003-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brown-Waite is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Brown-Waite sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brown-Waite was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Brown-Waite sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Law (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Brown-Waite’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Brown-Waite voted Yea

Brown-Waite voted Nay

Brown-Waite voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Brown-Waite voted Yea

Brown-Waite voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2010, Brown-Waite missed 496 of 5,966 roll call votes, which is 8.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: