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Lois Frankel
Lois Frankel.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 22
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorAllen B. West (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$19.94 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,453,915
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Palm Beach Mayor
Florida House of Representatives
1994-2002, 1986-1992
Bachelor'sBoston University
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthMay 16, 1948
Place of birthNew York City, NY
Net worth$2,461,137
Office website
Campaign website
Lois Frankel (b. May 16, 1948, in New York City, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 22nd Congressional District of Florida.[1] She was first elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Frankel one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[3]

Frankel was named as the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Red to Blue program on May 1, 2014.[4] Frankel co-chaired the DCCC’s WomenLEAD program before obtaining her new assignment.[4]

Frankel ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She sought the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Frankel is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.



  • Georgetown University, Master's degree
  • Boston University, Bachelor's degree


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Frankel serves on the following committees:[7][8]

Key votes

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to Frankel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Frankel 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Frankel 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Frankel 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Frankel 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.[11]


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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Frankel voted with 88 other Democratic 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent 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 the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Frankel joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

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.[19] 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.[20] Frankel voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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. Frankel voted for HR 2775.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Neutral/Abstain Frankel did not vote on 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.[11]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Frankel 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.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Frankel 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Frankel 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.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Frankel 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.[11]


On The Issues Vote Match

Lois Frankel'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, Frankel is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Frankel received a score of 55 percent on personal issues and 25 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 Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Frankel released a statement on the situation in Syria on August 27, 2013:[26]

“The situation in Syria is an unimaginable tragedy. The cruelty of chemical weapons attacks is one more extraordinary deplorable aspect in a conflict that has taken over 100,000 Syrian lives. For the United States, there are no good options. While I do not support troops on the ground in Syria, we must continue to support the most vulnerable victims of the conflict through sustained humanitarian assistance. As we determine the most strategic option moving forward we should work with our international allies to ensure that any direct engagement has a clearly defined purpose and be cognizant of potential negative consequences.”

Campaign themes


Frankel's major campaign themes included:[27]

  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "Investing in infrastructure and technology to modernize the economy and create jobs. We should not accept a second rate infrastructure in the United States. Promoting green technologies to keep us on the cutting edge of new developments in one of the fastest growing fields."
  • Women and Families: Excerpt: "Frankel will stand strong against anyone who attacks these basic rights and essencial programs. That’s why Lois is endorsed by Emily’s List, the National Organization for Women, the Women’s Campaign Fund, as well as other organizations dedicated to women’s rights."
  • Social Security and Medicare: Excerpt: "Making these programs solvent for the long term is vital to their continued survival. We need to focus on combating waste, fraud and abuse from people trying to make money off these precious programs."
  • Veterans: Except: "Frankel is committed to ensuring that the promises made to our nation’s veterans are kept. From job training and career development upon returning to the civilian work force, to VA funding and the recognition that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an issue that needs to be confronted, Frankel will be an advocate for veterans and their needs."
  • Education: Except: "Frankel is committed to ensuring that college education remains within reach for middle class families. Those who cut college tuition aid, while defending tax loopholes for oil companies, have their priorities backward. We must also focus on vocational and job training programs. This is vital to retraining workers with skills that are required to meet the 21st century’s job market."
  • Healthcare: Except: "Frankel believes that access to good quality affordable health care is essential for all Americans. She will work to keep these important provisions in law and improve current reform."
  • Israel: Except: "Frankel will work in a bi-partisan manner to fight any and all attempts to delegitimize Israel in the international arena and to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel."



See also: Florida's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Frankel ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She sought the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Frankel ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 22nd District. Frankel won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[28] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Frankel defeated Kristin Jacobs in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] She was elected on November 6, 2012.[29]

Politico listed the 22nd District race between Frankel and Patrick Murphy as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[30] However, Patrick Murphy decided to run in the 18th District rather than the 22nd District.

U.S. House, Florida District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Frankel 54.6% 171,021
     Republican Adam Hasner 45.4% 142,050
Total Votes 313,071
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 22 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLois Frankel 61.4% 18,431
Kristin Jacobs 38.6% 11,600
Total Votes 30,031

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Frankel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Frankel raised a total of $3,453,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2014.[31]

Lois Frankel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 22) Won $3,453,915
Grand Total Raised $3,453,915


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Frankel's reports.[32]


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

Frankel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Frankel's campaign committee raised a total of $3,453,915 and spent $3,410,565.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Frankel spent $19.94 per vote received in 2012.

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, Frankel's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $666,274 and $4,256,000. That averages to $2,461,137, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Frankel ranked as the 128th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2011 and 2012, Frankel's calculated net worth[44] decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Lois Frankel Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-12%
Average annual growth:-12%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
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, Frankel is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 13, 2013.[48]

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.[49]

Frankel most often votes with:

Frankel least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Frankel missed 3 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

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.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


Lois Frankel voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]

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  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Huffington Post, "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," accessed February 16, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sunshine State News, "Lois Frankel Named as DCCC 'Red to Blue' Vice Chair," accessed May 27, 2014
  5. Lois Frankel for Congress Facebook Page, "Info," accessed August 6, 2012
  6. Lois Frankel for Congress, "Meet Lois Frankel," accessed August 6, 2012
  7., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Project Vote Smart, "Lois Frankel Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
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  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  16. 16.0 16.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Lois Frankel Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  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.
  26. Office of Lois Frankel, "Frankel Statement on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  27. Lois Frankel for Congress, "Issues," accessed January 2, 2012
  28. Roll Call, "Lois Frankel Launches Bid Against Allen West," accessed December 3, 2011
  29. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  30. Politico, "5 primaries to watch," accessed April 18, 2012
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "Lois Frankel 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Lois Frankel July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Lois Frankel Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Lois Frankel October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Lois Frankel 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets, "Lois Frankel (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. 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).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. GovTrack, "Lois Frankel," accessed June 13, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lois Frankel," accessed August 1, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Lois Frankel," accessed March 29, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Allen B. West (R)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 22
Succeeded by