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Rep. James McDermott

Former Representative for Illinois’s 4th District

McDermott was the representative for Illinois’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1915 to 1917.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1907 to 1915.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

McDermott faced an allegation of bribery by National Association of Manufacturers and other groups in June 1913, alleged by newspapers. On Dec. 9, 1913, the Select Committee to Investigate Lobby Charges recommended censure of McDermott and exonerated six other members. On Apr. 24, 1914, the House Committee on the Judiciary recommended a resolution “strongly” condemning the conduct of McDermott. On Jul. 21, 1914, he resigned. On Nov. 3, 1914, he was re-elected.

Dec. 9, 1913 Select Committee to Investigate Lobby Charges recommended censure of McDermott and exonerated six other members.
Apr. 24, 1914 House Committee on the Judiciary recommended resolution “strongly” condemning conduct of McDermott.
Jul. 21, 1914 Resigned.
Nov. 3, 1914 Re-elected.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1907 to Mar 1917, McDermott missed 516 of 1,211 roll call votes, which is 42.6%. This is much worse than the median of 24.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1917. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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