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{{tnr}}'''Vernon G. "Vern" Buchanan''' (b. May 8, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Buchanan was elected by voters from [[Florida's 16th congressional district]].
 
{{tnr}}'''Vernon G. "Vern" Buchanan''' (b. May 8, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Buchanan was elected by voters from [[Florida's 16th congressional district]].
  
Due to redistricting, Buchanan ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 16th congressional district elections, 2012|16th District]].<ref>[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/01/26/3821765/redistricting-plan-joins-manatee.html ''Bradenton Herald'' "Redistricting plan joins Manatee, Sarasota" Accessed February 14, 2012] </ref><ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/FL_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref> He was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2006 from [[Florida's 13th congressional district|District 13]].<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/66247/vern-buchanan#.UbikQdjkoec ''Project Vote Smart'' "Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
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Due to redistricting, Buchanan ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 16th congressional district elections, 2012|16th District]].<ref>[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/01/26/3821765/redistricting-plan-joins-manatee.html ''Bradenton Herald'' "Redistricting plan joins Manatee, Sarasota" Accessed February 14, 2012] </ref><ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/FL_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref> He was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2006 from [[Florida's 13th Congressional District|District 13]].<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/66247/vern-buchanan#.UbikQdjkoec ''Project Vote Smart'' "Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
  
 
In [[Florida's 16th congressional district elections, 2012|2012]], Buchanan was at the center of an investigation regarding illegal campaign contributions.<ref name="TBTimes">[http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/fec-fines-3-men-2-tampa-companies-for-illegal-contributions-to-rep-vern/2119605 ''Tampa Bay Times'' " FEC fines 3 men, 2 Tampa companies for illegal contributions to Rep. Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref> On July 10, 2012, Buchanan was cleared by a [http://ethics.house.gov/ U.S. House Ethics Committee] on allegations that he made mistakes on his financial disclosure statements.<ref name="ethics">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/vern-buchanan-cleared-of-some-ethics-allegations/2012/07/10/gJQA5LypaW_blog.html ''Washington Post'' "Vern Buchanan cleared of some ethics allegations" Accessed July 10, 2012]</ref> However, in May 2013 three men and two companies were fined for making illegal contributions to Buchanan's campaign.<ref name="TBTimes"/>
 
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Vern Buchanan
Vern Buchanan.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 16
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorThomas J. Rooney (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$14.25 in 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$16,785,853
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCleary University
Master'sUniversity of Detroit
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air National Guard
Years of service1969-1975
Personal
BirthdayMay 8, 1951
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionAutomobile Dealer
Net worth$95,327,629
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Vernon G. "Vern" Buchanan (b. May 8, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Buchanan was elected by voters from Florida's 16th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Buchanan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 16th District.[1][2][3] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006 from District 13.[4]

In 2012, Buchanan was at the center of an investigation regarding illegal campaign contributions.[5] On July 10, 2012, Buchanan was cleared by a U.S. House Ethics Committee on allegations that he made mistakes on his financial disclosure statements.[6] However, in May 2013 three men and two companies were fined for making illegal contributions to Buchanan's campaign.[5]

Buchanan is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Buchanan grew up in Michigan, in a family of six children. [7] When he graduated from high school in 1969, he joined the Michigan Air National Guard, serving there for six years. Buchanan got a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cleary University, in Michigan, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Detroit.[8]

Career

Buchanan has held a variety of investment ventures throughout his career. These range from car dealerships to insurance companies, to real estate development.

In June 2007, Buchanan, in his financial disclosure filing, reported having over $100 million in assets, making him among the five wealthiest members of Congress. Most of his wealth is from his automotive empire, which includes several dealerships in Florida. He also reported ownership interests in about fifty other businesses, including offshore reinsurance companies, and a charter-jet business. He reported receiving at least $19.5 million in income from these businesses in 2006.[9]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Buchanan serves on the following committees:[10]

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[11] For more information pertaining to Buchanan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

National Security Agency reforms

Buchanan, a member of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, pointed to a report in August 2013 that the National Security Agency (NSA) engaged in almost 2,800 illegal incidents where they obtained personal communications as a reason for Congress to back major reforms.[13]

“These latest revelations of government overreach are extremely disturbing,” said Buchanan in a statement on August 21, 2013. “Our strength as a nation flows from the values and freedoms laid out in the Constitution, including the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. It’s imperative that both parties work together and institute reforms to protect the privacy and liberties of the American people. It is a slippery slope if we allow our basic freedoms to be eroded in the name of security. The time has come for Congress to address these issues in a transparent, public manner.”[13]

Buchanan pushed an amendment in July 2013 ensuring the NSA cannot collect information on Americans not under investigation, but it was narrowly defeated with a vote of 205-217 in the House.[13]

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Buchanan released a statement regarding the situation in Syria, saying "President Obama made the right decision to seek congressional authorization as he considers launching a military strike against Syria. Serious questions remain as to the wisdom of committing American military might to a civil war in the Middle East where the lines are blurred between friend and foe. The President needs to explain to Congress and the American people why he believes U .S. military involvement is vital to our national security."[14]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Buchanan 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.[15]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Buchanan 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.[15]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Buchanan voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[16] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Buchanan 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.[15]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Buchanan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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 funds 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.[20] 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. Buchanan voted for HR 2775.[21]

Pay during government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Buchanan declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[22]

"No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job,” Buchanan said in a statement on October 1, 2013. “So why should Senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities? They shouldn’t.”[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Buchanan 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.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Buchanan did not vote on 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.[15]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Buchanan voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[15]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Buchanan voted in favor of 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.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Buchanan 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. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Controversies

Campaign finance allegations

On July 10, 2012, Buchanan was cleared by a U.S. House Ethics Committee on allegations that he made mistakes on his financial disclosure statements, where the Ethics Committee ruled that the alleged mistakes are common among many lawmakers.[6]

However, Buchanan faced more serious campaign finance allegations, as well as related investigations by the FBI and IRS.[25][26] On September 28, 2012, a friend of Buchanan, Timothy Mobley, pled guilty to illegally making campaign donations in the amount of $84,300 to Buchanan. Buchanan stated that he was unaware of any illegal contributions and that he would "disgorge" any funds received illegally.[27]

Campaign themes

2012

Buchanan's campaign website listed the following issues:[28]

  • Jobs & Economy
Excerpt: "As a businessman for 30 years, and past Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, I know what it means to balance a budget, meet a payroll, and exercise the fiscal discipline necessary to keep a business moving forward."
  • Spending
Excerpt: "Washington’s irresponsible pattern of borrowing and spending has put our country on a road to bankruptcy. Unbelievably, America borrows $188 million every hour. This is simply unacceptable."
  • Small Business
Excerpt: "At a time of 10.3 percent unemployment in Florida, we should be doing all that we can to assist our most dynamic job creators. We can start by keeping taxes low and cutting the bureaucratic red tape and burdensome regulations that stifle job creation."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 16th congressional district elections, 2014

Buchanan is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Buchanan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 16th District. Buchanan was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. Keith Fitzgerald ran as a Democrat. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Buchanan ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[29]

U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan Incumbent 53.6% 187,147
     Democratic Keith Fitzgerald 46.4% 161,929
Total Votes 349,076
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Buchanan is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Buchanan raised a total of $16,785,853 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[33]

Vern Buchanan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 16) Won $2,209,719
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 13) Won $2,078,743
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 13) Won $4,374,205
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 13) Won $8,123,186
Grand Total Raised $16,785,853

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 Buchanan's reports.[34]


Vern Buchanan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$125,656.55$426,726.66$(153,608.89)$398,774.32
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$398,774.32$397,586.88$(297,170.48)$499,190.72
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$499,190.72$171,161.18$(127,496.35)$542,855.55
Year-end[38]January 31, 2014$542,855$151,868$(72,365)$622,359
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$622,359$134,961$(85,975)$671,345
Running totals
$1,282,303.72$(736,615.72)

2012

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

Buchanan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Buchanan's campaign committee raised a total of $2,209,719 and spent $2,667,717.[40] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Buchanan spent $14.25 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Buchanan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Buchanan's campaign committee raised a total of $2,078,743 and spent $973,705.[42]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 13th Congressional District, 2010 - Vern Buchanan Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,078,743
Total Spent $973,705
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $130,266
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $129,392
Top contributors to Vern Buchanan's campaign committee
JCI Jones Chemicals$45,200
Dmlt LLC$35,000
Benderson Development$33,600
Mortgage Investors Corp$30,800
Beall's Inc$29,950
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$195,385
Retired$153,650
Health Professionals$144,700
General Contractors$97,250
Insurance$65,400

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Buchanan is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 12, 2013.[43]

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.[44]

Buchanan most often votes with:

Buchanan least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Buchanan missed 100 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.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Buchanan paid his congressional staff a total of $937,104 in 2011. He ranks 144th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 188th 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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Buchanan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$63,427,724 and $254,082,982. That averages to $95,327,629, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 29.98% from 2010.[47]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Buchanan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-50,724,701 and $323,029,983. That averages to $136,152,641, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[48]

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.

2012

Buchanan ranked 185th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[49]

2011

Buchanan ranked 165th in the conservative rankings.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Vern Buchanan voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 134th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Buchanan lives in Longboat Key, Florida with his wife of more than 30 years, Sandra. They have two grown sons, James and Matt.[8]

Recent news

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References

  1. Bradenton Herald "Redistricting plan joins Manatee, Sarasota" Accessed February 14, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  4. Project Vote Smart "Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tampa Bay Times " FEC fines 3 men, 2 Tampa companies for illegal contributions to Rep. Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "Vern Buchanan cleared of some ethics allegations" Accessed July 10, 2012
  7. Herald-Tribune "Buchanan: Big deals led to big riches" Accessed October 18, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Congressman Vern Buchanan-Representing Florida's 13th District "About Congressman Buchanan" Accessed October 18, 2011
  9. Bradenton Herald, June 16, 2007 "One of richest reps in Congress: Vern Buchanan"
  10. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Sunshine State News, "Vern Buchanan Calls for NSA Reforms," accessed August 21, 2013
  14. First Coast News, "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 Project Votesmart, "Vern Buchanan's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. House Ethics Committee "Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Vernon G. Buchanan" Accessed July 11, 2012
  26. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named hill
  27. Tampa Bay Times, "Friend of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan pleads guilty to campaign violations," September 28, 2012
  28. Campaign website, Issues
  29. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan" Accessed April 4, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Vern Buchanan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  43. Gov Track "Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. Vern Buchanan," Accessed July 31, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Vern Buchanan," Accessed March 29, 2013
  46. LegiStorm "Vern Buchanan"
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Buchanan (R-Fla), 2011"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Buchanan, (R-Florida), 2010"
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Rooney (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 16
2013-present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Katherine Harris
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 13
2007–2013
Succeeded by
C.W. Bill Young (R)