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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Vote Missers in Congress

--posted by Tony Garcia on 10/19/2006

As the elections draw closer I thought this might be interesting. Who has missed how many votes in Congress?

Interesting things...
The Congressmen who have missed 15% or more of the votes this past session are:
Lane Evans (D-IL) missed 498 votes (42.0%)
Jim Davis (D-FL) missed 300 votes (25.3%)
Ted Strickland (D-OH) missed 251 votes (21.2%)
Ernest Istook (R-OK) missed 201 votes (16.9%)
Harold Ford (D-TN) missed 189 votes (15.9%)
Luis GutiƩrrez (D-IL) missed 179 votes (15.2%)

The numbers for the Minnesota delegation:
James Oberstar (D) missed 65 votes (5.5%)
Martin Sabo (D) missed 45 votes (3.8%)
Betty McCollum (D) missed 26 votes (2.2%)
Collin Peterson (D) missed 25 votes (2.1%)
Mark Kennedy (R) missed 24 votes (2.0%)
Jim Ramstad (R) missed 20 votes (1.7%)
Gil Gutknecht (R) missed 16 votes (1.3%)
John Kline (R) missed 0 votes (0.0%)

Yes, that's right. According to the Washington Post vote tally John Kline did not miss any votes. He was one of four that did their entire job. Who were these Congressmen who did their jobs?

John Kline (R-MN)
Fred Upton (R-MI)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

On the Senate side it looks like this.
The 5 most AWOL Senators were:
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) 143 votes
Jon Corzine (D-NJ) missed 136 votes
Daniel Inouye (D-HI) missed 71 votes
Joseph Biden (D-DE) missed 54 votes
John McCain (R-AZ) missed 50 votes

Minnesota's Senators missed the 10th most (Dayton, 5.1%) and the 16th most (4.0%).

And on the good side of the list, there were three Senators who did their full job. Harry Reid (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Grassley (R-IA).

Make of that information as you will.

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