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Sen. William Lorimer

Former Senator for Illinois

Lorimer was a senator from Illinois and was a Republican. He served from 1909 to 1913.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1907 to 1909; the representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1905 to 1907; the representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1903 to 1905; the representative for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1899 to 1901; and the representative for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1895 to 1899.

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Lorimer committed electoral misconduct, bribery, and corruption of a state legislature in order to secure election to the Senate (this was immediately before the 17th Amendement passed providing for direct election of senators). On Mar. 1, 1911, the Senate vote to unseat him failed 40-46. But on Jul. 13, 1912, the Senate unseated him by a vote of 55-28.

Jun. 1, 1910 Senate Lorimer asked for an investigation in light of Chicago Tribune allegations
Dec. 21, 1910 Committee on Privileges and Elections majority report exonerated him while minority reports did not.
Mar. 1, 1911 Senate vote to unseat failed 40-46
Jun. 7, 1911 Senate subcomittee created out of Committee on Privileges and Elections
May. 20, 1912 Committee on Privileges and Elections Subcommittee issued another majority and minority report, the former recommending he keep the seat and the minority that he not.
Jul. 13, 1912 Senate unseated by a vote of 55-28
Photo of Sen. William Lorimer [R-IL, 1909-1913]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1909 to Jul 1912, Lorimer missed 250 of 401 roll call votes, which is 62.3%. This is much worse than the median of 29.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1912. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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