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Sen. James Shields

Former Senator for Missouri

Shields was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1879 to 1879.

He was previously a senator from Minnesota as a Democrat from 1858 to 1859; and a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1849 to 1855.

Photo of Sen. James Shields [D-MO, 1879-1879]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1849 to Mar 1879, Shields missed 655 of 1,959 roll call votes, which is 33.4%. This is on par with the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1879. 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.

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Primary Sources

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