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Rep. Lovell Rousseau

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 5th District

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.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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