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Sen. Jesse Bright

Former Senator for Indiana

Bright was a senator from Indiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1857 to 1863.

He was previously a senator from Indiana as a Democrat from 1851 to 1857; and a senator from Indiana as a Democrat from 1845 to 1851.

Misconduct

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
Photo of Sen. Jesse Bright [D-IN, 1857-1863]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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