Legislative votes archives – tnjtnj
The Club for Growth has been tracking the number of floor votes missed by members of the State House and Senate. The average representative missed 8% of the vote, while the upper house average was 6%.
Representative David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) missed 100% of the 2,244 votes in the House because he was hospitalized with a COVID-19 infection. Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) missed most of the session before he died of cancer, meaning he missed 99% of the vote. Rep. Jason Potts (D-Nashville) was out for 60% of the vote, while Rep Brandon Ogles (R-Franklin) missed 50%.
Of the 2,105 Senate votes tracked by the group this year, Senator Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) missed more than any of her colleagues with 40%. She was followed by Sens. Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) with 22%, Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) with 20% and Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) with 19%.
Lundberg and Ogles said their absences were due to COVID-19 infections.
“I appreciate you reaching out to the dashboard, I think it’s great that you put it in place to hold us accountable,” Ogles said in a statement to the group. “Unfortunately, I was out with COVID-19 as of 3/15/21 and was not healthy enough to come back until 4/26/21.”
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