Missed legislative votes tracked by Club for Growth

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

The Club for Growth has tracked how many floor votes were missed by members of the state House and Senate. The average representative missed 8% of the vote, while the average in the upper chamber was 6%.

Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) missed 100% of the 2,244 House votes as he was hospitalized following a COVID-19 infection. Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) missed most of the session before passing away from cancer, meaning he missed 99% of votes. Rep. Jason Potts (D-Nashville) was away for 60% of votes, while Rep. Brandon Ogles (R-Franklin) missed 50%.

Out of the 2,105 Senate votes tracked by the group this year, Sen. 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 regarding the scorecard, I think it’s great that you put that together to keep us accountable,” Ogles said in a statement to the group. “Unfortunately, I was out with COVID-19 starting 3/15/21 and was not healthy enough to return until 4/26/21.”

See the ratings below

SENATE:

RankSenate MemberParty% Missed Votes
1Katrina RobinsonD39.6%
2Sara KyleD21.6%
3Jon LundbergR20%
4Raumesh AkbariD18.7%
5Paul BaileyR11.0%
6Bo WatsonR10.5%
7Jack JohnsonR8.5%
8Todd GardenhireR5.6%
9Ken YagerR5%
10Joey HensleyR4.9%
11Jeff YarbroD4.7%
12Steve SoutherlandR4.2%
13Brenda GilmoreD3.3%
14Brian KelseyR3.1%
15Rusty CroweR3%
15Paul RoseR3%
17Art SwannR2.9%
18Kerry RobertsR2.6%
18John StevensR2.6%
20Mike BellR2.1%
21Shane ReevesR2%
22Heidi CampbellD1.8%
23Mark PodyR1.4%
24Frank NiceleyR1.3%
25Ferrell HaileR1%
26Janince BowlingR1%
27Edward JacksonR0.8%
27Becky MasseyR0.8%
29Randy McNallyR0.7%
30Page WalleyR0.4%
31Richard BriggsR0.4%
32Dawn WhiteR0.2%
33Bill PowersR0.1%

HOUSE

RankHouse MemberParty% Missed Votes
1David ByrdR100%
2Mike CarterR98.6%
3Jason PottsD59.6%
4Brandon OglesR49.7%
5Barbara CooperD34.9%
6Ron TravisR29.5%
7Mike StewartD27.3%
8Bud HulseyR21.3%
9Antonio ParkinsonD17.8%
10Joe TownsD16.0%
11Jerry SextonR14.3%
12Vincent DixieD13.9%
13G. HardawayD13.7%
14London LamarD13.1%
15Bruce GriffeyR12.7%
16Mary LittletonR12.5%
17Bill BeckD11%
18Tim RuddR9.9%
19Mark WhiteR9.4%
20Justin LaffertyR9.0%
21Darren JerniganD8.8%
22Dan HowellR8.5%
23Dennis PowersR8%
24Jason HodgesD7.8%
25Jason PowellD7.5%
26Tom LeatherwoodR7.4%
27Sabi KumarR7.4%
28Kelly KeislingR7.1%
29Bo MitchellD7%
30Johnny ShawD6.7%
31Harold LoveD6.6%
32Rick EldridgeR6.5%
32Rusty GrillsR6.5%
34Karen CamperD6.3%
35Glen CasadaR6%
36Clay DoggettR5.8%
36Terri Lynn WeaverR5.8%
38Dale CarrR5.6%
39Andrew FarmerR5.5%
40Bryan TerryR5.3%
41Curtis HalfordR5.1%
42Clark BoydR5%
43Rush BrickenR4.7%
44Michael CurcioR4.6%
45Mike SparksR4.5%
46Susan LynnR4.4%
47Larry MillerD4.2%
48Jesse ChismD4.1%
49Torrey HarrisD3.5%
50Kevin VaughanR3.1%
51Kirk HastonR2.9%
52Bob FreemanD2.8%
52Debra MoodyR2.8%
54Sam WhitsonR2.4%
55Johnny GarrettR2.3%
56Yusuf HakeemD2.2%
56Paul SherrellR2.2%
58John GillespieR2%
59Rebecca AlexanderR1.9%
59Scotty CampbellR1.9%
61Chris HurtR1.8%
61Ryan WilliamsR1.8%
63Samuel McKenzieD1.7%
64Ron GantR1.5%
65Gloria JohnsonD1.4%
66Charlie BaumR1.4%
67John CrawfordR1.3%
68Tandy DarbyR1.3%
69Eddie MannisR1.2%
70John RaganR1.1%
70Jay ReedyR1.1%
70Cameron SextonR1.1%
73Gary HicksR1.1%
74Esther HeltonR1.0%
75Dwayne ThompsonD1%
76Patsy HazlewoodR0.9%
77Kent CalfeeR0.9%
77Michele CarringerR0.9%
77Chris ToddR0.9%
80Bob RamseyR0.9%
80Jason ZacharyR0.9%
82Mark CochranR0.7%
83Jeremy FaisonR0.7%
84John HolsclawR0.6%
85Scott CepickyR0.6%
86Lowell RussellR0.5%
87Todd WarnerR0.5%
88Tim HicksR0.4%
88Pat MarshR0.4%
88Jerome MoonR0.4%
91Mark HallR0.3%
92Dave WrightR0.3%
93John ClemmonsD0.3%
93Iris RudderR0.3%
95William LamberthR0.2%
95Robin SmithR0.2%
97David HawkR0.2%
98John WindleD0.1%
99Curtis JohnsonR0%