Finley was the representative for South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1917 to 1919.
He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1915 to 1917; the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1907 to 1915; the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1905 to 1907; the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1903 to 1905; the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1901 to 1903; and the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1899 to 1901.
From Dec 1899 to Jan 1917, Finley missed 457 of 1,723 roll call votes, which is 26.5%. This is on par with the median of 24.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1917. 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 1899-Feb 1900||21||2||9.5%||10th|
|Dec 1900-Mar 1901||62||7||11.3%||12th|
|Dec 1901-Feb 1902||19||4||21.1%||53rd|
|Dec 1902-Mar 1903||114||33||28.9%||56th|
|Dec 1903-Apr 1904||49||13||26.5%||56th|
|Dec 1904-Mar 1905||32||4||12.5%||24th|
|Dec 1905-Feb 1906||25||7||28.0%||59th|
|Dec 1906-Mar 1907||34||3||8.8%||30th|
|Dec 1907-May 1908||270||70||25.9%||51st|
|Dec 1908-Mar 1909||42||12||28.6%||68th|
|Dec 1909-Feb 1910||18||10||55.6%||89th|
|Dec 1910-Mar 1911||68||8||11.8%||29th|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||58||11||19.0%||42nd|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||67||30||44.8%||78th|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||24||5||20.8%||48th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||67||10||14.9%||38th|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||16||2||12.5%||38th|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||19||18||94.7%||100th|
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