Foster was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 21st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1871 to 1873.
He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; and the representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th congressional district as a Democrat from 1843 to 1845.
From Dec 1843 to Mar 1873, Foster missed 690 of 1,756 roll call votes, which is 39.3%. This is much worse than the median of 24.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1873. 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 1843-Feb 1844||140||35||25.0%||50th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||170||58||34.1%||75th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||149||61||40.9%||80th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||179||69||38.5%||60th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||51||57.3%||95th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||53||35.3%||71st|
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