From Jan 1856 to Mar 1867, Foster missed 425 of 3,657 roll call votes, which is 11.6%. This is better than the median of 23.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1867. 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 1856-Mar 1857||144||3||2.1%||0th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||7||12.3%||36th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||80||29.7%||71st|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||1||2.3%||0th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||18||7.8%||29th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||73||1||1.4%||7th|
|Dec 1862-Mar 1863||247||10||4.0%||10th|
|Dec 1863-Feb 1864||69||1||1.4%||2nd|
|Dec 1864-Mar 1865||161||9||5.6%||2nd|
|Dec 1865-Feb 1866||39||2||5.1%||14th|
|Dec 1866-Mar 1867||217||43||19.8%||32nd|
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