Stephenson was a senator from Wisconsin and was a Republican. He served from 1907 to 1915.
He was previously the representative for Wisconsin’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1887 to 1889; the representative for Wisconsin’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1885 to 1887; and the representative for Wisconsin’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1883 to 1885.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Stephenson faced an allegation of electoral misconduct, bribery, and corruption. On Jun. 11, 1911, the Committee on Privileges and Elections issued a majority report recommending he retain his seat and the minority report disagreeing. On Mar. 12, 1912, the Senate voted to allow him to keep his seate 40-34.
|Jun. 11, 1911||Committee on Privileges and Elections issued a majority report recommending he retain his seat and the minority report disagreeing|
|Mar. 12, 1912||Senate voted to allow him to keep his seate 40-34|
From Mar 1908 to Mar 1915, Stephenson missed 677 of 1,318 roll call votes, which is 51.4%. This is much worse than the median of 30.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1915. 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 1910-Mar 1911||52||23||44.2%||92nd|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||35||11||31.4%||69th|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||111||38||34.2%||64th|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||59||11||18.6%||34th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||117||74||63.2%||93rd|
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