Van Buren was President of the United States and was a Democratic. He served from 1837 to 1841.
He was previously Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) as a Democratic from 1833 to 1837; a senator from New York as a Jackson from 1827 to 1829; and a senator from New York as a Jackson from 1821 to 1827.
From Jan 1822 to Jan 1829, Van Buren missed 122 of 673 roll call votes, which is 18.1%. This is much worse than the median of 9.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 1829. 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 1822-Mar 1823||29||2||6.9%||33rd|
|Dec 1823-May 1824||130||18||13.8%||76th|
|Dec 1824-Mar 1825||48||2||4.2%||21st|
|Dec 1825-May 1826||124||18||14.5%||57th|
|Dec 1826-Mar 1827||103||30||29.1%||93rd|
|Dec 1827-May 1828||175||36||20.6%||88th|
|Dec 1828-Mar 1829||2||2||100.0%||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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo