Watkins was the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1857 to 1859.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1855 to 1857; the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district as a Whig from 1851 to 1853; and the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district as a Whig from 1849 to 1851.
From Dec 1849 to Mar 1859, Watkins missed 481 of 2,304 roll call votes, which is 20.9%. This is on par with the median of 23.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1859. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||108||19||17.6%||55th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||133||2||1.5%||0th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||96||4||4.2%||5th|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||114||12||10.5%||14th|
|Dec 1855-Mar 1856||177||29||16.4%||47th|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||231||83||35.9%||81st|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||104||19||18.3%||50th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||196||21||10.7%||19th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000