Gus Bilirakis named Florida’s most effective congressional Republican
See clearly: Gus Bilirakis understands visual imparity.

He was named the second most effective among both political parties.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has been named Florida’s Most Effective House Republican, according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s recently released list of lawmakers in the U.S. House.

The independent project issues rankings of lawmakers based on their “Legislative Effectiveness Score,” which is calculated using 15 indicators that capture the ability of a lawmaker to advance their agenda. Bilirakis scored +1.713, the highest of any Florida Republican House member. 

“My constituents send me to Washington to get things done on their behalf, and that is my primary focus as I work to better our community and the lives of those I serve. Achieving that goal requires ongoing relationship-building with all stakeholders,” Bilirakis said in a news release. “While I am never willing to compromise my principles, I do believe in working together to find common ground. I will continue this approach as I work to address the serious challenges facing our nation.”   

The study also found Bilirakis, who represents areas of north Pinellas and Pasco counties, to be the most effective House member from the Tampa Bay area. 

Overall, he scored as Florida’s second most effective lawmaker in the House, coming in behind Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, who received a score of +2.828. Bilirakis was the 12th most effective Republican lawmaker in the entire Congress.

Bilirakis’ most common issue during the 116th Congress was defense, having sponsored 10 bills related to the issue, including one that was passed and signed into law. The Congress member was also recognized for his focus on health policy, on which he sponsored six bills, including one that passed but was not signed into law.  

The Center for Effective Lawmaking’s annual list is a joint partnership between the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science. 

The accolade is not new for Bilirakis. From 2015 to 2018, Bilirakis authored 27 bills signed into law, previously earning him the most effective lawmaker in the state of Florida.”

In 2020, Bilirakis ranked 32nd out of 437 in the Lugar Center Bipartisan Index

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


  • Ron Ogden

    March 22, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Gus has consistently excelled as our representative. The Bilirakis family has a proud history in the Bay area. Why doesn’t FLAPOL profile his achievements once a week rather than knock its head on the floor daily for turncoat losers and “Speaker’s Boys” like Crist? Answer: because public service means less to you than politics, just as is the case with all Ds.

  • Richard D. Corsale

    March 23, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Gus, We have meet before and now more than ever need your help. We have a new product (Stem Cell Activation Technology) that can truly help our disabled Veterans .
    I would love to meet with you and explain this new technology that has helped so many people back to health We need to raise funds so we can offer this to our Veterans for free.
    Thank you

  • Richard D. Corsale

    March 23, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Gus Bilirakis..
    Please contact me as we need to help our disabled Veterans

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