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The State Capitol on March 16, 2020 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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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