Rousseau was the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district and was an Unconditional Unionist. He served from 1865 to 1867.
Rep. Rousseau faced an allegation of assaulting Rep. Grinnell with a cane outside the Capitol for an alleged insult spoken in debate. On Jul. 2, 1866, a special committee recommended expulsion. On Jul. 17, 1866, the House of Representatives censured him, 89-30. On Jul. 21, 1866, he resigned. On Dec. 3, 1866, he was re-elected to fill the vacancy his own resignation created.
|Jul. 2, 1866||Special committee recommended expulsion.|
|Jul. 17, 1866||House of Representatives censured, 89-30|
|Jul. 21, 1866||Resigned.|
|Dec. 3, 1866||Re-elected to fill the vacancy his own resignation created.|
From Dec 1865 to Mar 1867, Rousseau missed 328 of 564 roll call votes, which is 58.2%. This is much worse than the median of 25.1% among the lifetime records of representatives 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 1865-Feb 1866||99||43||43.4%||89th|
|Dec 1866-Mar 1867||223||154||69.1%||96th|
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