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Sen. John Lewis

Former Senator for Virginia

Lewis was a senator from Virginia and was a Republican. He served from 1870 to 1875.

Photo of Sen. John Lewis [R-VA, 1870-1875]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Lewis 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Lewis was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1870 to Mar 1875, Lewis missed 1,204 of 1,845 roll call votes, which is 65.3%. This is much worse than the median of 31.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1875. 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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