SWFL state reps get failing grades for 2020 legislature votes

05-28-20 Report card F

May 28, 2020 by David Silverberg.

Progress Florida, a progressive, non-profit advocacy organization, has given all but one of Southwest Florida’s state House representatives failing grades for their votes during the 2020 legislative session. State Rep. Byron Donalds (R-80-Immokalee) received a “D” grade.

The grades were made in the organization’s People First annual report card

Of the region’s two state senators, Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers) received a “D” grade, while Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) received an “F.”

Progress Florida supports progressive values. Founded in 2008, it promotes digital organizing, media outreach, and collaboration among Florida’s progressive organizations. “We’re fighting for social justice, economic fairness, reproductive freedom, strengthening public education, health care reform, environmental protection, and much more,” it states on its website.

The People First report card grades state representatives on their votes on 21 bills in the Florida legislature over the 2020 term.

The grades for state representatives and senators in Lee and Collier counties, all Republicans, were:

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Rep. Ray Rodrigues

Republican – Estero

District 76

F (43%)


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Rep. Dane Eagle

Republican – Cape Coral

District 77

F (43%)


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Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen

Republican – Fort Myers

District 78

F (48%)


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Rep. Spencer Roach

Republican – North Fort Myers

District 79

F (43%)


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Rep. Byron Donalds

Republican – Naples

District 80

D (61%)


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Rep. Bob Rommel

Republican – Naples

District 106

F (43%)


05-28-20 lizbeth_benacquisto Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto

Republican – Fort Myers

District 27

D (64%)

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Sen. Kathleen Passidomo

Republican – Naples

District 28

F (55%)


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©2020 by David Silverberg



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