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Rep. Richard Alvin Tonry

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 1st District

Tonry was the representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1978.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Tonry faced an allegation of stuffing ballot boxes and illegal campaign contributions in the primary election. On May. 5, 1977, he resigned.

Feb. 2, 1977 House Committee on Administration investigated the charges
May. 5, 1977 Resigned.
Jun. 27, 1977 Defeated in a special election primary held to fill the vacancy he created with his resignation.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to May 1977, Tonry missed 36 of 169 roll call votes, which is 21.3%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1977. 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.

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Primary Sources

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