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Rep. Timothy Pickering

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd District

Pickering was the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district and was a Federalist. He served from 1815 to 1817.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district as a Federalist from 1813 to 1815; a senator from Massachusetts as a Federalist from 1805 to 1811; and a senator from Massachusetts as a Federalist from 1803 to 1805.


Pickering faced an allegation of reading confidential documents in open Senate session on December 31, 1810 without realizing the injunction of secrecy had not been removed. On Dec. 31, 1810, the Senate introduced a resolution of censure. On Jan. 2, 1811, the Senate censured him, 20-7 In 1811, he lost the election.

Dec. 31, 1810 Senate introduced a resolution of censure.
Jan. 2, 1811 Senate censured, 20-7
1811 Lost the election.
Photo of Rep. Timothy Pickering [F-MA2, 1815-1817]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1813 to Mar 1817, Pickering missed 45 of 465 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is better than the median of 16.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1817. 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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Primary Sources

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