Elam was the representative for Louisiana’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1877 to 1881.
From Oct 1877 to Mar 1881, Elam missed 156 of 816 roll call votes, which is 19.1%. This is better than the median of 27.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1881. 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|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||56||9||16.1%||47th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||116||12||10.3%||21st|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||35||16||45.7%||82nd|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||119||41||34.5%||69th|
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