Sen. Thomas Willis Cobb
Former Senator for Georgia
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1824 to May 1828, Cobb missed 56 of 450 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is on par with the median of 9.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 1828. 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 1817-Apr 1818 (House)||64||6||9.4%||17th|
|Nov 1818-Mar 1819 (House)||42||1||2.4%||4th|
|Dec 1819-May 1820 (House)||88||6||6.8%||41st|
|Dec 1820-Mar 1821 (House)||59||2||3.4%||8th|
|Dec 1823-May 1824 (House)||79||8||10.1%||41st|
|Dec 1824-Mar 1825 (Senate)||48||7||14.6%||75th|
|Dec 1825-May 1826 (Senate)||124||38||30.6%||85th|
|Dec 1826-Mar 1827 (Senate)||103||5||4.9%||19th|
|Dec 1827-May 1828 (Senate)||175||6||3.4%||17th|
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