Ball was the representative for Texas’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1903 to 1905.
He was previously the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1901 to 1903; the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1899 to 1901; and the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1897 to 1899.
From Mar 1897 to Nov 1903, Ball missed 136 of 517 roll call votes, which is 26.3%. This is on par with the median of 29.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1903. 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 1897-Feb 1898||29||7||24.1%||46th|
|Dec 1898-Mar 1899||37||3||8.1%||3rd|
|Dec 1899-Feb 1900||21||8||38.1%||69th|
|Dec 1900-Mar 1901||62||27||43.5%||78th|
|Dec 1901-Feb 1902||19||2||10.5%||19th|
|Dec 1902-Mar 1903||112||58||51.8%||87th|
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