Bates was a senator from Massachusetts and was a Whig. He served from 1841 to 1845.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1833 to 1835; the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1831 to 1833; the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1829 to 1831; and the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as an Adams from 1827 to 1829.
From Jan 1841 to Mar 1845, Bates missed 150 of 1,183 roll call votes, which is 12.7%. This is better than the median of 16.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1845. 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 1840-Mar 1841||50||28||56.0%||85th|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||44||1||2.3%||17th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||127||15||11.8%||30th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||95||35||36.8%||92nd|
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