Last updated on Oct. 31, 2015

Rep. Niki Tsongas

D-Mass., 3rd District. Member since 2007. Website | Facebook

3.8%
votes missed
228 out of 5,925
36.0%
misses explained
82 out of 228
2
mistakes

Niki Tsongas ranks 38th 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.
46
Personal or family matter
16
Ambiguous or no reason
9
Attending memorial services

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.
36
Floor Votes
22
Suspension of the Rules
21
Amendments

Close Votes Missed

  • Not Voting
  • Voted “present”

H R 2647, 2009 (vote 769)

50%
yes no
208
216

Department of Defense Authorization, FY 2010

H R 4348, 2012 (vote 415)

50%
yes no
201
194

To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes

All Vote Explanations

Date Vote Roll Call Title Reason
Sept. 25, 2015 No House vote 518 On Passage, H R 348 Ambiguous or no reason
May 21, 2015 Nay House vote 262 On Passage, H R 2262 Personal or family matter
May 21, 2015 Nay House vote 260 On Passage, H R 880 Personal or family matter
May 21, 2015 Nay House vote 258 On Passage, H R 1806 Personal or family matter
May 21, 2015 Yea House vote 249 On Passage, H R 2353 Personal or family matter
May 21, 2015 Nay House vote 247 On Passage, H R 2250 Personal or family matter
May 18, 2015 House vote 263 On Agreeing to the Resolution, H RES 274 Personal or family matter
May 18, 2015 House vote 262 On Passage, H R 2262 Personal or family matter
May 18, 2015 House vote 261 On Agreeing to the Amendment, H R 2262 Personal or family matter
May 18, 2015 House vote 260 On Passage, H R 880 Personal or family matter

This database was compiled partly by hand. Are we missing a Personal Explanation?

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