Sparks was the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1881 to 1883.
He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1877 to 1881; and the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877.
From Dec 1875 to Mar 1883, Sparks missed 410 of 1,493 roll call votes, which is 27.5%. This is on par with the median of 28.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1883. 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 1875-Mar 1876||60||5||8.3%||27th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||13||10.4%||21st|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||56||9||16.1%||50th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||116||19||16.4%||42nd|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||35||7||20.0%||45th|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||119||14||11.8%||13th|
|Dec 1881-Mar 1882||75||21||28.0%||49th|
|Dec 1882-Mar 1883||100||33||33.0%||62nd|
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