Democrats Gone Missing...Again.
Now that the special session is over, and Ryan Data & Research has finished compiling record vote information for every House member for every vote, we got to work on analyzing all of the data. This included seeing who missed the most floor votes during both the regular and special sessions.
Of the top 20 members who missed the most floor votes*, 16 were Democrats (80%). This accounts for nearly one-third (29.1%) of Democrats serving in the Texas House.
The top offender, once again, was State Representative Dawnna Dukes with 1,202 votes missed due to absences and excused absences. Dukes missed 53.8% of all the votes taken on the House Floor. This is actually an improvement for Dukes. During the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, Dukes missed 81.5% of the votes taken.
The top 20 House members who missed the most votes are as follows:
1. Dawnna Dukes (D) - 1202 missed votes. 2. John Smithee (R) - 351 missed votes. 3. Jodie Laubenberg (R) - 329 missed votes. 4. Rene Oliveira (D) - 327 missed votes. 5. Yvonne Davis (D) - 298 missed votes. 6. Harold Dutton (D) - 252 missed votes. 7. Able Herrero (D) - 250 missed votes. 8. Mark Keough (R) - 218 missed votes. 9. Will Metcalf (R) - 205 missed votes. 10. Joe Deshotel (D) - 201 missed votes. 11. Helen Giddings (D) - 199 missed votes. 12. Ana Hernandez (D) - 196 missed votes. 13. Senfronia Thompson (D) - 190 missed votes. 14. Hubert Vo (D) - 189 missed votes. 15. Jarvis Johnson (D) - 175 missed votes. 16. Phil King (R) - 167 missed votes. 17. Ina Minjarez (D) - 166 missed votes. 18. Ken King (R) - 162 missed votes. 19. Ron Reynolds (D) - 160 missed votes. 20. Rafael Anchia (D) - 153 missed votes.
*Missed votes used in these calculations include unexcused absences and excused absences, but not absences due to the member attending a legislative committee.