From May 1860 to Aug 1861, Baker missed 149 of 354 roll call votes, which is 42.1%. This is much worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1861. 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 1845-Mar 1846 (House)||149||51||34.2%||50th|
|1846 Apr-Jul (House)||263||240||91.3%||93rd|
|1846 Aug-Aug (House)||51||51||100.0%||86th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847 (House)||34||34||100.0%||93rd|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850 (House)||108||42||38.9%||92nd|
|1850 Mar-May (House)||68||35||51.5%||75th|
|1850 Jun-Aug (House)||146||63||43.2%||92nd|
|1850 Sep-Sep (House)||117||49||41.9%||75th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851 (House)||133||132||99.2%||92nd|
|1860 Mar-May (Senate)||1||1||100.0%||98th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861 (Senate)||232||72||31.0%||77th|
|1861 Jul-Aug (Senate)||79||58||73.4%||94th|
|1861 Mar-Mar (Senate)||42||18||42.9%||68th|
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