From Dec 1847 to Mar 1853, Downs missed 207 of 1,200 roll call votes, which is 17.2%. This is better than the median of 22.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1853. 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 1847-Mar 1848||82||3||3.7%||3rd|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||4||5.0%||3rd|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||6||27.3%||81st|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||141||16||11.3%||29th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||38||6||15.8%||22nd|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||127||32||25.2%||47th|
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