Dowdy was the representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1967 to 1972.
He was previously the representative for Texas’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1951 to 1966.
On Mar. 12, 1975, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Dowdy for conspiracy to violate a bribery statute and an obstruction of justice statute, interstate travel to facilitate bribery and perjury with respect to receipt of $25,000 to hinder a federal investigation of a Maryland company in 1965 (convicted) and unanimously adopted H. Res. 46. On Apr. 16, 1975, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 46, 360-37 adding clause 10 to the Code of Official Conduct, stating the policy of the House that a member convicted of a serious crime voluntarily refrain from voting. In 1972, he had declined to run for re-election.
|1972||Declined to run for re-election.|
|Mar. 12, 1975||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct unanimously adopted H. Res. 46|
|Apr. 16, 1975||House of Representatives passed H. Res. 46, 360-37 adding clause 10 to the Code of Official Conduct, stating the policy of the House that member convicted of a serious crime voluntarily refrain from voting|
From Jan 1953 to Oct 1972, Dowdy missed 721 of 3,099 roll call votes, which is 23.3%. This is much worse than the median of 10.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1972. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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