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Rep. William Lehman

Former Representative for Florida’s 17th District

Lehman was the representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lehman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Lehman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lehman was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Lehman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Taxation (14%) Private Legislation (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Immigration (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lehman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1992, Lehman missed 1,152 of 10,550 roll call votes, which is 10.9%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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