Sen. Jesse Bright
Former Senator for Indiana
Bright faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jan. 13, 1862, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended against expulsion. On Feb. 5, 1863, the Senate expelled him, 32-14.
|Jan. 13, 1862||Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended against expulsion|
|Feb. 5, 1863||Senate expelled 32-14|
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Mar 1845 to Feb 1862, Bright missed 1,197 of 4,051 roll call votes, which is 29.5%. This is worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1862. 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 1845-Mar 1846||29||11||37.9%||83rd|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||10||7.9%||17th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||25||30.5%||75th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||12||15.0%||12th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||3||13.6%||0th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||141||56||39.7%||62nd|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||38||25||65.8%||83rd|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||127||23||18.1%||25th|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||51||41||80.4%||92nd|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||64||36.0%||71st|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||144||85||59.0%||84th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||35||61.4%||93rd|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||128||47.6%||83rd|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||14||32.6%||88th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||65||28.0%||70th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||42||18||42.9%||83rd|
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