Long was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1932 to 1935.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Long faced allegations of previously using Louisiana state employees and resources for the campaign of Sen. John Overton and promising release to prisoners in exchange for supporting Overton at the polls. By Jun. 16, 1934, the investigating committees concluded that no specific action was warranted, partly because many of the contested activities were legal in Louisiana at that time and partly due to a lack of evidence. On Sep. 1, 1935, Long was assassinated before he could finish his Senate term or complete his campaign to run for president.
From Dec 1931 to Aug 1935, Long missed 300 of 640 roll call votes, which is 46.9%. This is much worse than the median of 18.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1935. 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 1931-Feb 1932||63||56||88.9%||98th|
|Dec 1932-Mar 1933||63||34||54.0%||94th|
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