Smith was the representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1857 to 1859.
He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district as an Ind. Democrat from 1847 to 1849; the representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; and the representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1843 to 1845.
From Dec 1843 to Mar 1859, Smith missed 562 of 2,265 roll call votes, which is 24.8%. This is on par with the median of 23.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1859. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1843-Feb 1844||140||22||15.7%||40th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||170||29||17.1%||25th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||149||25||16.8%||24th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||179||24||13.4%||19th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||101||25||24.8%||48th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||155||47||30.3%||77th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||104||16||15.4%||40th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||196||25||12.8%||25th|
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