Foster was a senator from Rhode Island and was most recently a Republican (1797-1803) and previously a Federalist (1790-1797). He served from 1790 to 1803.
From Jun 1790 to Mar 1803, Foster missed 37 of 690 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is better than the median of 14.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1803. 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 1790-Mar 1791||18||1||5.6%||0th|
|Dec 1792-Mar 1793||8||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1794-Mar 1795||19||2||10.5%||0th|
|Dec 1795-Jan 1796||7||1||14.3%||20th|
|Dec 1797-Feb 1798||17||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1798-Mar 1799||36||2||5.6%||27th|
|Dec 1799-May 1800||81||3||3.7%||29th|
|Dec 1801-May 1802||60||4||6.7%||21st|
|Dec 1802-Mar 1803||27||3||11.1%||36th|
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