Congressman John Mica was named the 2nd most effective member of Congress in a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt.
Here is an explanation of the study from trove.com.
A team of political scientists from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University have launched a new website called “The Lawmakers” that provides a database of information on the effectiveness of members of Congress who served from 1973 to 2012. The data will be periodically updated every two years to include future Congresses, too, making it one comprehensive resource for all who are skeptical of how impactful lawmakers really are on U.S. policy.
The group used five measurements to assess each Congressmen, focusing primarily on the bills introduced, bills that received action in committee, bills that received action beyond committee, bills that passed the House and bills that became laws. They also weighted each bill based on how significant it is to better determine who is making a positive difference on the Hill.
The result is a legislative effectiveness score. Mica scored 14.36 LES. Other local lawmakers included Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) with a .55 LES. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) with a .25 LES, and Daniel Webster with (R-Winter Garden) .03.
Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas was number 1. The study was done for 2011 and 2012, so Alan Grayson is not present in the rankings.
Mica has the longest tenure of the Central Florida delegation. Expected to win his 12th term, he’s been the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, and has worked across the aisle on legislation with bi-partisan appeal. In an interview with OPO earlier this year he told us… I think what it boils down to is that people are concerned about what effects their lives and who makes a difference. And they hear a lot of politicians talk, and I think I get things done and improve lives.