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Rep. John Dowdy

Former Representative for Texas’s 2nd District

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.

Misconduct

In 1971 Dowdy was convicted of bribery, conspiracy, and perjury related to accepting $25,000 to hinder a federal investigation of a Maryland company in 1965. 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.

Dec. 30, 1971 Convicted of bribery, conspiracy, and perjury.
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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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