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2014 Report Cards: Serving 10+ Years (Senate)

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015), as of Jan 12, 2015.

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Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in the 113th Congress.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most absent
#1 17.2% Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS]
#2 12.5% Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#3 11.7% Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#4 11.6% Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#5 11.0% Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#6 9.7% Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#7 7.3% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#8 7.2% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#9 6.7% Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#9 6.7% Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#11 6.5% Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#12 6.1% Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#13 5.6% Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#14 5.5% Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#15 4.7% Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#16 4.6% Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#17 4.4% Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#18 4.3% Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#19 4.0% Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#20 3.3% Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#21 3.0% Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#22 2.9% Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#22 2.9% Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#24 2.6% Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#24 2.6% Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#26 2.4% Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#26 2.4% Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#28 2.3% Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#29 2.1% Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#30 2.0% Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#31 1.7% Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#32 1.5% Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#33 1.4% Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#33 1.4% Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#35 1.2% Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#35 1.2% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#37 1.1% Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#37 1.1% Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#37 1.1% Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#40 0.9% Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#40 0.9% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#42 0.8% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#43 0.6% Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#43 0.6% Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#43 0.6% Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#46 0.5% Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#46 0.5% Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#46 0.5% Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#49 0.3% Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#49 0.3% Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#51 0.2% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#52 0.0% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#52 0.0% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#52 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
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The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.