Rep. Richard Duke
Former Representative for Virginia’s 5th District
Duke was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was most recently a Democrat (1871-1873) and previously a Conservative (1869-1871). He served from 1869 to 1873.
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1870 to Mar 1873, Duke missed 95 of 675 roll call votes, which is 14.1%. This is better than the median of 24.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1873. 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 1870-Mar 1871||158||27||17.1%||45th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||6||6.7%||14th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||23||15.3%||22nd|
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