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Rep. William Lucas

Former Representative for Virginia’s 10th District

Lucas was the representative for Virginia’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1843 to 1845.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1839 to 1841.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Lucas was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Lucas was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1839 to Mar 1845, Lucas missed 108 of 1,348 roll call votes, which is 8.0%. This is better than the median of 23.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1845. 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.

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Primary Sources

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