Atkins was the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1881 to 1883.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1877 to 1881; the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877; the representative for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1873 to 1875; and the representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1857 to 1859.
From Dec 1857 to Mar 1883, Atkins missed 484 of 2,515 roll call votes, which is 19.2%. This is better than the median of 28.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1883. 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 1857-Feb 1858||104||18||17.3%||42nd|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||196||31||15.8%||46th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||78||16||20.5%||65th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||235||48||20.4%||47th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||60||2||3.3%||11th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||20||16.0%||43rd|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||56||13||23.2%||68th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||116||19||16.4%||42nd|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||35||21||60.0%||94th|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||119||28||23.5%||44th|
|Dec 1881-Mar 1882||75||16||21.3%||29th|
|Dec 1882-Mar 1883||100||17||17.0%||23rd|
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