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Sen. Joseph McCarthy

Former Senator for Wisconsin

McCarthy was a senator from Wisconsin and was a Republican. He served from 1947 to 1957.


McCarthy abused a Senate committee. On Dec. 2, 1954, the Senate censured him, 67-22.

Nov. 8, 1954 Select Committee to Study Censure Charges unanimously recommended censure
Dec. 2, 1954 Senate censured, 67-22
May. 2, 1957 Died before his term would have ended in 1958.
Photo of Sen. Joseph McCarthy [R-WI, 1947-1957]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1947 to Apr 1957, McCarthy missed 178 of 1,521 roll call votes, which is 11.7%. This is much worse than the median of 6.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Apr 1957. 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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