Last updated on Oct. 31, 2015

Rep. Lamar Smith

R-Tex., 21st District. Member since 1987. Website | Facebook

votes missed
155 out of 6,906
misses explained
2 out of 155

Lamar Smith ranks 183rd in votes missed of the 434 voting lawmakers in the current Congress, which began this year.

Most Common Explanation Types

ProPublica categorized the many reasons members gave for missing votes. Of these explanations —which are not mandatory— half of all explanations are unclear, simply restating the absence. Also commonly cited are personal and family obligations, and ill health.
Voted incorrectly
Ambiguous or no reason

Types of Votes Explained

We classified votes into three categories: On amendments to bills, which are numerous and can be voted on very quickly; on bills considered “under suspension of the rules,” which are usually uncontroversial and require two-thirds support for passage, and on “floor votes,” which include votes “on passage” and require a simple majority for approval.
Floor Votes
Suspension of the Rules

All Vote Explanations

Date Vote Roll Call Title Reason
Oct. 8, 2015 Yes House vote 540 On Passage, H R 3192 Ambiguous or no reason
Oct. 8, 2015 Yes House vote 538 On Agreeing to the Resolution, As Amended, H RES 461 Ambiguous or no reason
Sept. 10, 2008 Nay House vote 575 On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended, H R 6630 Voted incorrectly
Aug. 1, 2008 Present House vote 546 On Motion to Table, H RES 1396 Voted incorrectly