Brooks was the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1873 to 1875.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1865 to 1873; the representative for New York’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1863 to 1865; the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district as a Whig from 1851 to 1853; and the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district as a Whig from 1849 to 1851.
Brooks faced an allegation of soliciting and accepting 50 shares of Credit Mobilier stock at undervalued price. On Feb. 13, 1873, a special committee recommended expulsion. On Feb. 27, 1873, the House of Representatives censured him, 174-32.
|Feb. 13, 1873||Special committee recommended expulsion.|
|Feb. 27, 1873||House of Representatives censured, 174-32|
From Dec 1849 to Mar 1873, Brooks missed 1,320 of 3,644 roll call votes, which is 36.2%. This is 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||108||17||15.7%||33rd|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||133||42||31.6%||67th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||96||18||18.8%||33rd|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||114||46||40.4%||33rd|
|Dec 1863-Feb 1864||130||31||23.8%||58th|
|Dec 1864-Mar 1865||171||56||32.7%||58th|
|Dec 1865-Feb 1866||102||18||17.6%||61st|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||142||40||28.2%||69th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||197||58||29.4%||55th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||71||24||33.8%||89th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||158||65||41.1%||90th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||37||41.6%||85th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||139||92.7%||99th|
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