May 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

By the numbers: Calling congressional attendance

Congressional freshmen with the most missed votes
Data: Quorum via; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The top five freshman members of Congress who've missed the most votes this year are all House Republicans, according to data collected by Quorum.

By the numbers: Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) led the pack, missing 16.2% of votes. Cawthorn ranks sixth overall among all members — both House and Senate — in terms of missed votes.

  • The House Democratic freshman who missed the most votes is Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), No. 14 on the list, at 2.82%.
  • Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), No. 12, missed the most votes in the Senate as a freshman, at 3.14%.

What they're saying: “Rep. Cawthorn married the love of his life on April 3rd of 2021. Due to his honeymoon, he missed House votes occurring between April 13th and April 16th," his spokesman Micah Bock told Axios.

Details: Quorum collected its data from, which lists each member’s vote count. The vote tallies include members who voted by proxy during the pandemic.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comment from Cawthorn and Lummis' offices.

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