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Rep. John Heath

Former Representative for Virginia’s 19th District

Heath was the representative for Virginia’s 19th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1795 to 1797.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 19th congressional district as a Republican from 1793 to 1795.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Heath was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Heath was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1794 to Mar 1797, Heath missed 55 of 152 roll call votes, which is 36.2%. This is much worse than the median of 15.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1797. 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.

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Primary Sources

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