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.
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 and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1919-Feb 1920||39||12||30.8%||60th|
|Dec 1920-Mar 1921||92||41||44.6%||77th|
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