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Congress’ Absent Superstars: Rep. Conyers And Sen. Rubio

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Which members of Congress are least likely to show up for work?

Vocativ has released its analysis today and numbers don’t lie.

In the House, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was the top absentee. The longest and oldest serving member of Congress has been in the House since 1965 and has missed 4,000 of the 27,000 votes he could participate in during his time in Congress. In the Senate, the honor goes to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has missed 99 votes out of 1,198 in the four years he’s served in Congress.

In the Senate, far more Republicans made the list. But in the House, the top 10 absentee lawmakers included 7 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

The goody two shoes in the crowd is Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) who has never missed a single vote since she came to Congress in 1997.

The site excused lawmakers who were gone for health reasons, including Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who had a stroke and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), whose wife had serious heart problems and kept him away from Washington for several months in late 2013 and early 2014. Everyone else was fair game.