Calhoun was a senator from South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1847 to 1851.
He was previously a senator from South Carolina as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; a senator from South Carolina as a Democrat from 1835 to 1843; a senator from South Carolina as a Nullifier from 1832 to 1835; Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) as most recently a Democratic (1829-1832) and previously a Democratic-Republican (1825-1829) from 1825 to 1832; the representative for South Carolina as a Democratic Republican from 1817 to 1819; the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1815 to 1817; and the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1811 to 1815.
From Feb 1832 to Mar 1850, Calhoun missed 818 of 3,111 roll call votes, which is 26.3%. This is worse than the median of 19.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1850. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1831-Feb 1832||1||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1832-Mar 1833||133||63||47.4%||71st|
|Dec 1833-Feb 1834||14||1||7.1%||71st|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||21||5||23.8%||62nd|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||190||47||24.7%||29th|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||63||18||28.6%||50th|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||134||37||27.6%||50th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||71||12||16.9%||33rd|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||44||3||6.8%||36th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||125||30||24.0%||70th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||22||3||13.6%||65th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||36||28.6%||69th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||5||6.1%||12th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||48||60.0%||94th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||15||68.2%||97th|
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