Payne was a senator from Ohio and was a Democrat. He served from 1885 to 1891.
He was previously the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Payne faced an allegation of bribery and corruption in the election. On Jul. 15, 1886, the Committee on Privileges and Elections submitted multiple reports with no conclusive recommendations. On Jul. 23, 1886, the Senate voted to discharge the committee from further investigation.
|Jul. 15, 1886||Committee on Privileges and Elections submitted multiple reports with no conclusive recommendations.|
|Jul. 23, 1886||Senate voted to discharge the committee from further investigation|
From Mar 1885 to Mar 1891, Payne missed 548 of 1,376 roll call votes, which is 39.8%. This is on par with the median of 35.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1891. 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 1885-Mar 1886||63||10||15.9%||25th|
|Dec 1886-Mar 1887||143||33||23.1%||46th|
|Dec 1887-Feb 1888||50||15||30.0%||38th|
|Dec 1888-Mar 1889||199||82||41.2%||54th|
|Dec 1889-Feb 1890||31||23||74.2%||87th|
|Dec 1890-Mar 1891||143||85||59.4%||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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo