Rep. John Brown
Former Representative for Kentucky’s 2nd District
Brown was the representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1875 to 1877.
He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1873 to 1875; the representative for Kentucky as a Democrat from 1867 to 1869; and the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1859 to 1861.
Brown faced an allegation of insulting a member in debate and lying to the Speaker on February 4, 1875. On Feb. 4, 1875, the House of Representatives censured him, 161-79. On May. 2, 1876, the House of Representatives unanimously agreed to resolution rescinding portion of censure regarding comments to Speaker because the former Speaker concluded Brown “did not in any way intend to prevaricate or deceive the House”.
|Feb. 4, 1875||House of Representatives censured, 161-79|
|May. 2, 1876||House of Representatives unanimously agreed to resolution rescinding portion of censure regarding comments to Speaker because the former Speaker concluded Brown “did not in any way intend to prevaricate or deceive the House”|
From Dec 1859 to Mar 1877, Brown missed 486 of 1,235 roll call votes, which is 39.4%. This is much worse than the median of 26.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1877. 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 1859-Feb 1860||69||69||100.0%||94th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||141||41||29.1%||65th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||78||4||5.1%||6th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||235||31||13.2%||24th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||60||7||11.7%||33rd|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||16||12.8%||26th|
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