Banks was the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1889 to 1891.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1877 to 1879; the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district as an Independent from 1875 to 1877; the representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1865 to 1873; the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 1857 to 1859; the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district as an American from 1855 to 1857; and the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1853 to 1855.
From Dec 1853 to Mar 1891, Banks missed 2,017 of 5,128 roll call votes, which is 39.3%. This is on par with the median of 33.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1891. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||114||36||31.6%||0th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||155||37||23.9%||0th|
|Dec 1855-Mar 1856||177||111||62.7%||67th|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||231||230||99.6%||67th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||20||5||25.0%||67th|
|Dec 1865-Feb 1866||105||5||4.8%||15th|
|Dec 1866-Mar 1867||223||64||28.7%||75th|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||142||39||27.5%||92nd|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||197||80||40.6%||92nd|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||71||27||38.0%||93rd|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||158||59||37.3%||86th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||17||19.1%||56th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||73||48.7%||88th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||60||22||36.7%||87th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||28||22.4%||59th|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||56||29||51.8%||95th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||116||39||33.6%||76th|
|Dec 1889-Feb 1890||80||8||10.0%||8th|
|Dec 1890-Mar 1891||173||51||29.5%||47th|
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