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{{tnr}}'''Gus Michael Bilirakis''' (b. February 8, 1963, in Gainsville, Florida) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Bilirakis was elected by voters from [[Florida's 12th Congressional District]].
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{{tnr}}'''Gus Michael Bilirakis''' (b. February 8, 1963, in Gainsville, [[Florida|FL]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Bilirakis was elected by voters from [[Florida's 12th Congressional District]].
  
Due to redistricting, Bilirakis ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012|12th District]].<ref>[http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/redrawn-congressional-boundaries-create-roadblock-for-fasano/1214015 ''Tampa Bay Times'' "Redrawn congressional boundaries create roadblock for Fasano" accessed February 14, 2012] </ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," November 6, 2012]</ref> He was first elected to the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Florida's 9th Congressional District|District 9]], in 2006.<ref name="biography"/>  
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He was first elected to the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Florida's 9th Congressional District|District 9]], in 2006.<ref name="biography"/>  
  
Bilirakis is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election.
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Bilirakis won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election and was unchallenged in the general as well.
  
 
Bilirakis previously represented District 48 of the [[Florida House of Representatives]] from 1999 to 2007.<ref name="biography"/>
 
Bilirakis previously represented District 48 of the [[Florida House of Representatives]] from 1999 to 2007.<ref name="biography"/>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Bilirakis grew up in Tarpon Springs, [[Florida]]. Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He then attended the University of [[Florida]], where he graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.
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Bilirakis grew up in Tarpon Springs, [[Florida|FL]]. Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He then attended the University of [[Florida]], where he graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.
  
 
Bilirakis has a Tampa Bay area law practice, the Bilirakis Law Group, specializing in probate and estate planning, which he took over from his father. While his father, Michael Bilirakis, was a member of Congress from 1983–2007, he helped run his father's campaigns.<ref name="biography"/>
 
Bilirakis has a Tampa Bay area law practice, the Bilirakis Law Group, specializing in probate and estate planning, which he took over from his father. While his father, Michael Bilirakis, was a member of Congress from 1983–2007, he helped run his father's campaigns.<ref name="biography"/>
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Bilirakis serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Bilirakis serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Bilirakis served on the following committees:<ref name="committees"> [http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=319&Itemid=141 ''Congressman Gus Bilirakis'' "Committee & Leadership Assignments" accessed October 17, 2011] </ref>
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Bilirakis served on the following committees:<ref name="committees">[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=319&Itemid=141 ''Congressman Gus Bilirakis'', "Committee & Leadership Assignments," accessed October 17, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia
 
**Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia
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**Subcommittee on Health
 
**Subcommittee on Health
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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===113th Congress===
====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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===National security===
=====DHS Appropriations=====
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====DHS Appropriations====
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17318/gus-bilirakis#.UkBQ9X_B_A4 ''Project Votesmart,'' "Gus Bilirakis's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17318/gus-bilirakis#.UkBQ9X_B_A4 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Gus Bilirakis's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
{{Oppose vote}} Bilirakis voted against 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Nay vote}} Bilirakis voted against 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====CISPA (2013)=====
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====CISPA (2013)====
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====NDAA=====
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====NDAA====
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Economy====
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===Economy===
=====Farm bill=====
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====Farm bill====
 
{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Bilirakis}}
 
{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Bilirakis}}
  
=====2014 Budget=====
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====2014 Budget====
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Bilirakis}}
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Bilirakis}}
  
=====Government shutdown=====
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====Government shutdown====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Bilirakis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Bilirakis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Bilirakis voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Bilirakis voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Pay during government shutdown=====
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===Immigration===
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act]]''
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
Bilirakis posted a photo on October 1, 2013, on his Facebook page of him signing a letter asking that his pay be withheld "for as long as the federal government is shut down."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/ ''Washington Post,'' "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Immigration====
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====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act====
=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Yea vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Healthcare====
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===Social issues===
=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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====Amash amendment====
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Nay vote}} Bilirakis 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
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===Government affairs===
{{Support vote}} Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Bilirakis}}
  
====Social issues====
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===Previous congressional sessions===
=====Amash amendment=====
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====Fiscal Cliff====
{{Oppose vote}} Bilirakis 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Nay vote}}
 
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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{{Oppose vote}}
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Bilirakis voted against 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.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
 
Bilirakis voted against 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.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Gus Bilirakis's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials 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, Bilirakis is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Bilirakis received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 89 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Bilirakis|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/FL/Gus_Bilirakis.htm ''On The Issues'', "Gus Bilirakis Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage=Strongly Opposes
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|God= Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Unknown
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Favors
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|Campaign Funds=Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Opposes
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
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:Excerpt: "Gus strongly believes that serious health care reform must begin with reducing premiums and increasing access to care for those without it. He supports sensible solutions that will lower rising health care costs and increase access to insurance while preserving the doctor-patient relationship and keeping you in charge of your care."
 
:Excerpt: "Gus strongly believes that serious health care reform must begin with reducing premiums and increasing access to care for those without it. He supports sensible solutions that will lower rising health care costs and increase access to insurance while preserving the doctor-patient relationship and keeping you in charge of your care."
  
==Election==
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==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
 
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
Bilirakis is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Bilirakis won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.<ref name=huffpost14>[http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2014/results ''The Huffington Post'', "Election 2014," November 4, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Due to redistricting, Bilirakis ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012|12th District]]. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Bilirakis ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Due to redistricting, Bilirakis ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012|12th District]]. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Bilirakis ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/173/Gus-M-Bilirakis Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Bilirakis attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027462&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Gus M. Bilirakis," accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2014===
 
===2014===
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bilirakis' reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00408534 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Gus Bilirakis 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bilirakis' reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00408534 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Gus Bilirakis 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
{{Gus Bilirakis 2014 FEC}}
 
{{Gus Bilirakis 2014 FEC}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Gus Bilirakis 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Bilirakis's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Bilirakis won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $758,988 and spent $919,050.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027462&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Gus Bilirakis 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
Bilirakis won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $758,988 and spent $919,050.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027462&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Gus Bilirakis 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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===2010===
 
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Bilirakis won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,088,911 and spent $915,411.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027462&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Gus M. Bilirakis 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
[[File:Gus Bilirakis 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Bilirakis's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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Bilirakis won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,088,911 and spent $915,411.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027462&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Gus M. Bilirakis 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Bilirakis's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between  $140,036 and $751,000. That averages to '''$445,518''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Bilirakis ranked as the 248th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027462&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Bilirakis, (R-Fl), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2006 and 2012, Bilirakis' calculated net worth<ref>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).</ref> decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the [[113th Congress]], Bilirakis is the Vice-Chair of the [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs]]. Bilirakis received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Health Professionals'' industry.
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From 2005-2014, '''29.92 percent of Bilirakis' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00027462&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Gus Bilirakis," accessed September 19, 2014]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Bilirakis is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]," as of June 11, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gus_bilirakis/412250 ''Gov Track'' "Bilirakis" accessed June 11, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Bilirakis is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]," as of July 28, 2014. This was the same rating Bilirakis received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gus_bilirakis/412250 ''GovTrack'', "Bilirakis," accessed July 28, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412250_Gus_Bilirakis ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Gus Bilirakis," accessed July 31, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412250_Gus_Bilirakis ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Gus Bilirakis," accessed July 28, 2014]</ref>
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Bilirakis missed 98 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013.  This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gus_bilirakis/412250 ''GovTrack,'' "Gus Bilirakis," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Bilirakis missed 113 of 6,231 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014.  This amounts to 1.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gus_bilirakis/412250 ''GovTrack'', "Gus Bilirakis," accessed July 28, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilirakis paid his congressional staff a total of $891,185 in 2011.  He ranks 109th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 133rd 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/824/Rep_Gus_Bilirakis.html LegiStorm "Gus Bilirakis"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilirakis paid his congressional staff a total of $891,185 in 2011.  He ranked 109th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 133rd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Florida]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/824/Rep_Gus_Bilirakis.html ''LegiStorm'', "Gus Bilirakis," accessed 2012]</ref>
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Bilirakis's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between  $140,036 and $751,000. That averages to '''$445,518''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Bilirakis ranked as the 248th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027462&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Bilirakis, (R-Fl), 2012"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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Bilirakis ranked 124th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 28, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bilirakis ranked 148th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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Bilirakis ranked 148th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bilirakis ranked 122nd in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Bilirakis ranked 122nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Gus lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Eva, and sons Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas.<ref name="biography"> [http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=28 ''Congressman Gust Bilirakis'' "Biography of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis" accessed October 17, 2011] </ref>
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Gus lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Eva, and sons Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas.<ref name="biography"> [https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=28 ''Congressman Gus Bilirakis'', "Biography of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis," accessed October 17, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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Gus M. Bilirakis
Gus M. Bilirakis.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDennis A. Ross (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$4.38 in 2012
First elected2006
Campaign $$5,999,178
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives, District 48
1999-2007
Education
High schoolTarpon Springs High School
Associate'sSt. Petersburg Junior College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.Stetson University College of Law
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 8, 1963
Place of birthGainsville, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$445,518
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gus Michael Bilirakis (b. February 8, 1963, in Gainsville, FL) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bilirakis was elected by voters from Florida's 12th Congressional District.

He was first elected to the U.S. House, representing District 9, in 2006.[1]

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election and was unchallenged in the general as well.

Bilirakis previously represented District 48 of the Florida House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bilirakis is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Bilirakis grew up in Tarpon Springs, FL. Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He then attended the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.

Bilirakis has a Tampa Bay area law practice, the Bilirakis Law Group, specializing in probate and estate planning, which he took over from his father. While his father, Michael Bilirakis, was a member of Congress from 1983–2007, he helped run his father's campaigns.[1]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bilirakis serves on the following committees:[2][3]

2011-2012

Bilirakis served on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Bilirakis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Bilirakis voted against 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

NDAA

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor 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.[7]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Bilirakis voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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. Bilirakis voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[15] 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.[16] Bilirakis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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.[18] 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. Bilirakis voted for HR 2775.[19]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.[7]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Bilirakis voted in favor of 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.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Bilirakis 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.[7]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[20] Bilirakis joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[21][22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Bilirakis voted against 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. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Gus Bilirakis's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Bilirakis is a Hard-Core Conservative. Bilirakis received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 89 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

Bilirakis's campaign website listed the following issues:[26]

  • National Security
Excerpt: "Gus strongly opposes illegal immigration and does not believe we should give amnesty or any other reward to those who have broken our nation’s immigration laws because doing so simply encourages continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration in the future."
  • Honoring Our Nation's Heroes
Excerpt: "As Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Gus is committed to working on behalf of the brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. When elected to Congress, he fought for a seat on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs so he could be an advocate for veterans and their families and ensure they receive the benefits they have earned. He also chairs the Republican Policy Committee’s Task Force on Veterans’ Affairs."
  • Protecting Florida's Seniors
Excerpt: "Gus is working hard to ensure that Florida's seniors have peace of mind. Gus believes that we must protect Medicare and Social Security for current beneficiaries and future generations and voted to stop scheduled Medicare premium increases."
  • Fiscal Discipline & Job Creation
Excerpt: "Gus believes that economic innovation and growth begins with fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C."
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "Gus strongly believes that serious health care reform must begin with reducing premiums and increasing access to care for those without it. He supports sensible solutions that will lower rising health care costs and increase access to insurance while preserving the doctor-patient relationship and keeping you in charge of your care."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[27]

2012

See also: Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Bilirakis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 12th District. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Bilirakis ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Florida District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGus Bilirakis Incumbent 63.5% 209,604
     Democratic Jonathan Michael Snow 32.9% 108,770
     Independent Paul Sidney Elliot 1.5% 4,915
     Independent John Russell 2.1% 6,878
Total Votes 330,167
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Bilirakis attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Bilirakis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bilirakis raised a total of $5,999,178 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[32]

Gus Bilirakis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 12) Won $758,988
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 9) Won $1,088,911
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 9) Won $1,494,533
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 9) Won $2,656,746
Grand Total Raised $5,999,178


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bilirakis' reports.[33]

Gus Bilirakis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2013$47,968.43$54,677.73$(61,104.76)$41,541.40
July Quarterly[35]July 14, 2013$42,541.40$179,805.27$(44,305.69)$177,040.98
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$177,040.98$133,177.11$(45,877.42)$264,340.67
Year-end[37]January 30, 2014$264,340$118,469$(87,115)$295,694
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$295,694$176,321$(157,956)$314,059
July Quarterly[39]July 14, 2014$314,059$207,896$(105,316)$416,639
Pre-Primary[40]August 13, 2014$416,639$54,980$(63,127)$408,493
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2014$408,493$82,547$(45,647)$445,393
Running totals
$1,007,873.11$(610,448.87)

2012

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $758,988 and spent $919,050.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Bilirakis spent $4.38 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,088,911 and spent $915,411.[44]


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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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 OpenSecrets.org, Bilirakis's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $140,036 and $751,000. That averages to $445,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Bilirakis ranked as the 248th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2006 and 2012, Bilirakis' calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Gus Bilirakis Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$508,512
2012$445,518
Growth from 2006 to 2012:-12%
Average annual growth:-2%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Bilirakis is the Vice-Chair of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Bilirakis received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 2005-2014, 29.92 percent of Bilirakis' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Gus Bilirakis Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,924,513
Total Spent $6,515,968
Vice-Chair of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$710,025
Real Estate$482,246
Retired$340,259
Lawyers/Law Firms$337,922
Leadership PACs$201,428
% total in top industry10.25%
% total in top two industries17.22%
% total in top five industries29.92%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bilirakis is a "moderate Republican leader," as of July 28, 2014. This was the same rating Bilirakis received in June 2013.[51]

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.[52]

Bilirakis most often votes with:

Bilirakis least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bilirakis missed 113 of 6,231 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilirakis paid his congressional staff a total of $891,185 in 2011. He ranked 109th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 133rd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranked 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.[54]

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.

2013

Bilirakis ranked 124th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[55]

2012

Bilirakis ranked 148th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[56]

2011

Bilirakis ranked 122nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[57]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Bilirakis voted with the Republican Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 92nd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Gus M. Bilirakis voted with the Republican Party 99.4 percent of the time, which ranked 16th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Gus lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Eva, and sons Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas.[1]

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See also

External links

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  25. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  46. 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).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. 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.
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  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis A. Ross (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 12
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Michael Bilirakis
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 9
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Alan Grayson (D)
Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives, District 48
1999-2007
Succeeded by
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