Frederica Wilson

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Frederica S. Wilson
Frederica S. Wilson.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 24
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorSandy Adams (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,046,412
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida State Senate, District 33
Florida House of Representatives, District 104
Bachelor'sFisk University (1963)
Master'sUniversity of Miami (1972)
BirthdayNovember 5, 1942
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Net worth$954,005.50
Office website
Campaign website
Frederica Wilson (b. November 5, 1942, in Miami, Florida) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Wilson was elected by voters from Florida's 24th Congressional District.

Due to redistricting, Wilson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 24th District.[1][2][3] She was first elected to the U.S. House from District 17 in 2010.

Wilson previously served in the Florida State Senate from District 33 from 2003 to 2010 and the Florida House of Representatives from District 104 from 1998 to 2002.[4]

Wilson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wilson is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Wilson was born on November 5, 1942, in Miami’s Overtown community, but was raised in nearby Liberty City, Florida.[4] Wilson earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Fisk University in 1963 and her Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Miami in 1972.[4]

Wilson previously was the Miami Executive Director for the Office of Alternative Education and Dropout Prevention for the Miami-Dade County Schools.


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Wilson serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Wilson served on the following committees:[4]

Florida State Senate

Prior to leaving the senate, Wilson served on the following committees:

Key votes

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Wilson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Wilson voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Wilson voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Wilson voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Wilson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Wilson voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Wilson joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Wilson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Wilson voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Wilson voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Wilson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Wilson voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Wilson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Wilson voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Wilson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]


On The Issues Vote Match

Frederica Wilson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Wilson is a Liberal Populist. Wilson received a score of 57 percent on personal issues and 12 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]



See also: Florida's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

Wilson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 24th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Wilson was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 24th District. Wilson was seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket.[26] She defeated Rudy Moise in the August 14, 2012 Democratic primary.[2] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[27]

U.S. House, Florida District 24 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrederica Wilson Incumbent 65.4% 42,764
Rudolph Moise 34.6% 22,650
Total Votes 65,414

Full history


On November 4, 2008, Wilson won re-election to the Florida Senate from Florida's 33rd Senate district. Wilson ran unopposed in the election. She raised $7,650 for her campaign.[29]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wilson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Wilson raised a total of $1,046,412 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[30]

Frederica Wilson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 24) Won $534,031
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 17) Won $512,381
Grand Total Raised $1,046,412


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wilson's reports.[31]

Frederica Wilson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$90,121.00$25,750.00$(19,356.44)$96,514.56
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$96,514.56$47,800.00$(24,998.24)$119,316.32
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$119,316.32$25,085.00$(19,277.96)$125,123.36
Year-end[35]January 31, 2014$125,123$43,520$(17,438)$151,204
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$151,204$46,950$(30,590)$167,564
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Wilson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Wilson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $534,031 and spent $414,997.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]


Breakdown of the source of Wilson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Wilson won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $512,381 and spent $401,645.[39]

U.S. House, Florida District 17, 2010 - Frederica Wilson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $512,381
Total Spent $401,645
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $126,547
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $95,986
Top contributors to Frederica Wilson's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,250
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
Flo-Sun Inc$8,300
Laborers Union$7,500
Haggard Law Firm$7,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$60,044
Public Sector Unions$20,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing$17,300
Building Trade Unions$14,000


In 2008, Wilson collected $7,650 in campaign contributions.[40] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Access Health Solutions $1,000
Becker and Poliakoff $1,000
Florida Dental Association $500
21st Century Oncology $500
Abbott Laboratories $500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Wilson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $563,011 and $1,345,000 . That averages to $954,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Wilson ranked as the 214th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41] Between 2009 and 2012, Wilson's calculated net worth[42] decreased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[43]

Frederica Wilson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-28%
Average annual growth:-9%[44]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[45]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wilson is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 13, 2013.[46]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[47]

Wilson most often votes with:

Wilson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Wilson missed 141 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 8/3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[48]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wilson paid her congressional staff a total of $929,249 in 2011. She ranks 40th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 179th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[49]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Wilson ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[50]


Wilson ranked 55th in the liberal rankings.[51]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Frederica S. Wilson has voted with the Democratic Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 1st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]


Wilson is widowed and is the mother of three children, Nicole, Kesha, and Paul, and five grandchildren.[4]

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See also

External links


  1. Miami Herald, "U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson draws Democratic primary challenge from Rudy Moise," accessed February 28, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, "Biography," accessed October 19, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Frederica Wilson for Congress, "About State Senator Frederica Wilson," accessed October 19, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Frederica Wilson Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Frederica Wilson Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  26. Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed March 28, 2012
  27. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Follow the Money, "District 33 Florida Senate candidate funds," accessed 2008
  30. Open Secrets, "Frederica Wilson," accessed April 4, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Frederica Wilson 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Frederica Wilson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Frederica Wilson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011
  40. 2008 contributions to Frederica Wilson
  41. OpenSecrets, "Frederica Wilson (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  42. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  43. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  45. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  46. GovTrack, "Wilson" accessed June 13, 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "Rep. Frederica Wilson," accessed August 1, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "Frederica Wilson," accessed March 29, 2013
  49. LegiStorm, "Frederica Wilson," accessed 2012
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Sandy Adams (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 24
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Preceded by
Kendrick Meek
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 17
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Rooney (R)
Preceded by
Kendrick Meek
Florida Senate, District 33
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Oscar Braynon (D)
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Florida House of Representatives - District 104
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