Rep. Joseph Johnson
Former Representative for Virginia’s 14th District
Johnson was the representative for Virginia’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1845 to 1847.
He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 1839 to 1841; the representative for Virginia’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 1837 to 1839; the representative for Virginia’s 20th congressional district as a Jackson from 1835 to 1837; the representative for Virginia’s 18th congressional district as a Jackson from 1831 to 1833; the representative for Virginia’s 18th congressional district as a Jackson from 1825 to 1827; and the representative for Virginia’s 18th congressional district as a Jacksonian from 1823 to 1825.
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1823 to Mar 1847, Johnson missed 668 of 2,648 roll call votes, which is 25.2%. This is on par with the median of 24.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1847. 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 1823-May 1824||79||10||12.7%||56th|
|Dec 1824-Mar 1825||15||2||13.3%||56th|
|Dec 1831-Feb 1832||5||5||100.0%||93rd|
|Dec 1832-Mar 1833||110||26||23.6%||53rd|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||57||5||8.8%||30th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||136||26||19.1%||33rd|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||52||6||11.5%||27th|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||145||25||17.2%||22nd|
|Dec 1839-Feb 1840||170||38||22.4%||57th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||123||34||27.6%||30th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||149||32||21.5%||47th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||179||73||40.8%||78th|
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