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.|
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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1813-Apr 1814||110||21||19.1%||61st|
|Dec 1814-Feb 1815||106||8||7.5%||32nd|
|Dec 1815-Apr 1816||72||4||5.6%||8th|
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