Desha was the representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1817 to 1819.
He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1815 to 1817; the representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1813 to 1815; the representative for Kentucky’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1811 to 1813; and the representative for Kentucky’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1807 to 1811.
From Oct 1807 to Mar 1819, Desha missed 104 of 1,413 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is better than the median of 15.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1819. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Nov 1808-Mar 1809||116||9||7.8%||15th|
|Dec 1809-Jan 1810||29||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1810-Mar 1811||104||10||9.6%||9th|
|Nov 1811-Feb 1812||82||12||14.6%||57th|
|Nov 1812-Mar 1813||90||9||10.0%||28th|
|Dec 1813-Apr 1814||110||7||6.4%||0th|
|Dec 1814-Feb 1815||106||6||5.7%||29th|
|Dec 1815-Apr 1816||72||5||6.9%||10th|
|Dec 1817-Apr 1818||64||4||6.2%||15th|
|Nov 1818-Mar 1819||42||1||2.4%||5th|
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