From Mar 1875 to Mar 1881, McDonald missed 582 of 1,588 roll call votes, which is 36.6%. This is worse than the median of 29.0% among the lifetime records of senators 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 and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||89||10||11.2%||13th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||84||34||40.5%||70th|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||69||11||15.9%||31st|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||236||90||38.1%||80th|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||49||10||20.4%||23rd|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||164||42||25.6%||33rd|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo