Townsend was a senator from Michigan and was a Republican. He served from 1911 to 1923.
He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1907 to 1911; the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1905 to 1907; and the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1903 to 1905.
From May 1911 to Mar 1923, Townsend missed 868 of 2,915 roll call votes, which is 29.8%. This is on par with the median of 28.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1923. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||35||2||5.7%||10th|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||111||10||9.0%||23rd|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||59||11||18.6%||44th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||117||32||27.4%||41st|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||40||18||45.0%||81st|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||159||35||22.0%||31st|
|Dec 1917-Feb 1918||34||6||17.6%||48th|
|Dec 1918-Mar 1919||55||26||47.3%||71st|
|Dec 1919-Feb 1920||56||19||33.9%||47th|
|Dec 1920-Mar 1921||87||22||25.3%||46th|
|Dec 1921-Feb 1922||40||6||15.0%||24th|
|Dec 1922-Mar 1923||72||27||37.5%||65th|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo