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Rep. Henry Bedinger

Former Representative for Virginia’s 10th District

Bedinger was the representative for Virginia’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1847 to 1849.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Bedinger was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Bedinger was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1845 to Mar 1849, Bedinger missed 360 of 1,120 roll call votes, which is 32.1%. This is worse than the median of 24.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1849. 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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