Douglas was a senator from Illinois and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.
He was previously a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1853 to 1859; a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1847 to 1853; the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; and the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1843 to 1845.
From Dec 1847 to Mar 1861, Douglas missed 1,520 of 3,547 roll call votes, which is 42.9%. This is much worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1861. 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 1847-Mar 1848||82||13||15.9%||25th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||19||23.8%||50th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||3||13.6%||0th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||141||54||38.3%||50th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||38||7||18.4%||17th|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||127||48||37.8%||75th|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||51||11||21.6%||31st|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||67||37.6%||93rd|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||144||59||41.0%||63rd|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||22||38.6%||90th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||146||54.3%||87th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||34||79.1%||95th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||57||24.6%||66th|
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