Bilbo was a senator from Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1935 to 1946.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Bilbo faced allegations of campaign irregularities, voter intimidation against African-American voters and corruption. In 1946, the Senate established a special committee to investigate election practices in the 1946 MS senate election and separately had the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program also investigate Bilbo. On Aug. 21, 1947, while fellow white supremacist senators from Southern states filibustered an attempt to expel Bilbo, the discussion was tabled so Bilbo could receive treatment for cancer of the mouth. He died on August 21, 1947 and no formal action was ever taken.
From Jan 1935 to Aug 1946, Bilbo missed 254 of 1,289 roll call votes, which is 19.7%. This is worse than the median of 13.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1946. 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.
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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