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Rep. Frank Leslie Smith

Former Representative for Illinois’s 17th District

Smith was the representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1919 to 1921.


On May. 19, 1926, Smith's admitted excessive campaign contributions from a utility company he regulated. Smith won election anyway in 1926, but was appointed before being seated to a vacant Senate seat. The Senate refused to seat Smith.

May. 19, 1926 Smith's admitted excessive campaign contributions from a utility company he regulated put him under investigation after the primary and during the general election season. Smith won anyway in 1926 and would normally have then been seated in March 1927.
Dec. 7, 1926 Senator McKinley (also of Illinois) died.
Dec. 9, 1926 Senate resolution was introduced to preclude the seating of Smith should he be appointed to fill McKinley's slot
Dec. 16, 1926 Governor of Illinois appointed Smith to McKinley's seat to fill the remainder of his term.
Jan. 19, 1927 Smith presented his credentials for seating in the Senate.
Jan. 20, 1927 Senate refused to seat Smith and referred the allegations to the Committee on Privileges and Elections
Jan. 17, 1928 Committee on Privileges and Elections reported that Smith should not be seated due to campaign corruption
Jan. 28, 1928 Senate voted 61-23 to exclude Smith
1928 Three weeks later Smith resigned, the Illinois governor accepted it, announced a vacancy and named Smith to fill the vacancy. Smith did not claim the seat and then lost in the 1928 primaries.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1919 to Mar 1921, Smith missed 163 of 339 roll call votes, which is 48.1%. This is much worse than the median of 25.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1921. 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.

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Primary Sources

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