Rep. Robert Desha
Former Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1827 to Mar 1831, Desha missed 31 of 506 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is better than the median of 14.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1831. 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 1827-May 1828||160||4||2.5%||11th|
|Dec 1828-Mar 1829||73||7||9.6%||26th|
|Dec 1829-May 1830||185||10||5.4%||10th|
|Dec 1830-Mar 1831||88||10||11.4%||40th|
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