Saunders was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1915 to 1921.
He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1907 to 1915; and the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1905 to 1907.
From Dec 1906 to Feb 1920, Saunders missed 704 of 1,680 roll call votes, which is 41.9%. This is much worse than the median of 25.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1920. 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 1906-Mar 1907||34||11||32.4%||74th|
|Dec 1907-May 1908||270||140||51.9%||87th|
|Dec 1908-Mar 1909||42||22||52.4%||90th|
|Dec 1909-Feb 1910||18||10||55.6%||87th|
|Dec 1910-Mar 1911||68||25||36.8%||71st|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||58||28||48.3%||78th|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||67||17||25.4%||48th|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||24||7||29.2%||67th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||67||30||44.8%||84th|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||16||4||25.0%||68th|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||62||19||30.6%||84th|
|Dec 1917-Feb 1918||34||7||20.6%||60th|
|Dec 1918-Mar 1919||63||14||22.2%||51st|
|Dec 1919-Feb 1920||39||11||28.2%||56th|
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