Polk, a Democratic, was President of the United States from 1845 to 1849.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district (1837-1839; Democrat); the representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district (1835-1837; Jackson); the representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district (1833-1835; Jackson); the representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district (1831-1833; Jackson); the representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district (1829-1831; Jackson); the representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district (1827-1829; Jackson); and the representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district (1825-1827; Jackson).
From Jan 1826 to Mar 1839, Polk missed 924 of 2,340 roll call votes, which is 39.5%. This is much worse than the median of 23.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1839. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1827-May 1828||160||1||0.6%||0th|
|Dec 1828-Mar 1829||73||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1829-May 1830||185||1||0.5%||0th|
|Dec 1830-Mar 1831||88||2||2.3%||7th|
|Dec 1831-Feb 1832||53||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1832-Mar 1833||143||1||0.7%||0th|
|Dec 1833-Feb 1834||35||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1834-Mar 1835||105||1||1.0%||0th|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||57||55||96.5%||98th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||136||136||100.0%||99th|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||52||48||92.3%||99th|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||145||144||99.3%||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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo