Rep. John Botts
Former Representative for Virginia’s 6th District
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1839 to Mar 1849, Botts missed 1,051 of 2,203 roll call votes, which is 47.7%. This is much worse than the median of 24.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1849. 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 1839-Feb 1840||170||82||48.2%||75th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||123||95||77.2%||92nd|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||204||68||33.3%||83rd|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||172||61||35.5%||60th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||101||27||26.7%||59th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||155||57||36.8%||85th|
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