Smith was a senator from Michigan and was a Republican. He served from 1907 to 1919.
He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1905 to 1907; the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1903 to 1905; the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1901 to 1903; the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1899 to 1901; and the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1895 to 1899.
From Feb 1907 to Mar 1919, Smith missed 1,073 of 2,131 roll call votes, which is 50.4%. This is much worse than the median of 29.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1919. 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 1910-Mar 1911||52||2||3.8%||12th|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||35||11||31.4%||64th|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||111||64||57.7%||92nd|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||59||22||37.3%||75th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||117||64||54.7%||85th|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||40||19||47.5%||82nd|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||159||89||56.0%||90th|
|Dec 1917-Feb 1918||34||9||26.5%||59th|
|Dec 1918-Mar 1919||55||40||72.7%||89th|
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