Sen. Richard Brent
Former Senator for Virginia
Brent was a senator from Virginia and was a Republican. He served from 1809 to 1815.
He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 17th congressional district as a Republican from 1801 to 1803; and the representative for Virginia’s 17th congressional district as a Republican from 1795 to 1799.
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Mar 1809 to Dec 1814, Brent missed 244 of 572 roll call votes, which is 42.7%. This is much worse than the median of 14.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1814. 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|
|1796 Jan-Jan (House)||3||3||100.0%||82nd|
|1796 Mar-May (House)||40||10||25.0%||45th|
|Dec 1796-Mar 1797 (House)||40||17||42.5%||82nd|
|1797 Jun-Jul (House)||34||9||26.5%||69th|
|Nov 1797-Feb 1798 (House)||19||7||36.8%||75th|
|1798 Mar-Jun (House)||42||13||31.0%||67th|
|1798 Jul-Jul (House)||16||11||68.8%||75th|
|Dec 1798-Mar 1799 (House)||44||21||47.7%||92nd|
|Dec 1801-May 1802 (House)||94||52||55.3%||88th|
|Dec 1802-Mar 1803 (House)||48||11||22.9%||71st|
|1809 Jun-Jun (Senate)||14||3||21.4%||77th|
|Dec 1809-Jan 1810 (Senate)||8||4||50.0%||93rd|
|1810 Feb-Apr (Senate)||86||33||38.4%||88th|
|1810 May-May (Senate)||4||3||75.0%||81st|
|Dec 1810-Mar 1811 (Senate)||53||20||37.7%||90th|
|1809 Mar-Mar (Senate)||2||0||0.0%||0th|
|Nov 1811-Feb 1812 (Senate)||28||16||57.1%||96th|
|1812 Mar-Jun (Senate)||77||31||40.3%||96th|
|1812 Jul-Jul (Senate)||10||1||10.0%||39th|
|Nov 1812-Mar 1813 (Senate)||89||43||48.3%||88th|
|1813 Jun-Aug (Senate)||63||21||33.3%||89th|
|Dec 1813-Apr 1814 (Senate)||89||40||44.9%||95th|
|1814 Sep-Nov (Senate)||19||7||36.8%||83rd|
|Dec 1814-Feb 1815 (Senate)||30||22||73.3%||86th|
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