Arkansas Legislature

It’s important to know how your legislators are voting, sure. But it’s even more important to know if they are even voting at all. We’ve compiled data from the 93rd General Assembly of 2021-2022 to see who votes and who takes a pass.

Data details

This includes the following sessions in the 93rd General Assembly:

  • Regular Session
  • 1st Extraordinary Session
  • 2nd Extraordinary Session
  • 3rd Extraordinary Session
  • Fiscal Session

It does not includes votes by the Speaker of the House, who traditionally presides over the House and may vote infrequently. It also does not include votes from Sen. Colby Fulfer, who was elected in a special election and served for only a brief time in the 93rd General Assembly.

Findings: Who votes the least?

15 Legislators who missed the most votes

Vote Skipper Rank: 1

Rep. Josh Miller (R)

Rep. Josh Miller (R)

Missed 639 votes

%

Missed Votes

Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs missed almost twice as many votes as the next highest legislator. None of the missed votes was excused.

He missed 639 votes, which amount to 45% of the time. He was also the third highest House member in voting “Present,” meaning that he didn’t take a position on many of the votes he actually did cast.

Not Voting

Excused

Voted Present

Voted Yes

Voted No

Vote Skipper Rank: 2

Rep. Reginald Murdock (D)

Rep. Reginald Murdock (D)

Missed 390 votes

%

Missed Votes

Rep. Reginald Murdock of Marianna missed 390 votes. None of the missed votes was excused.

He missed votes a little over a quarter of the time.

Not Voting

Excused

Voted Present

Voted Yes

Voted No

Vote Skipper Rank: 3

Rep. John Payton (R)

Rep. John Payton (R)

Missed 357 votes

%

Missed Votes

Rep. John Payton of Wilburn missed 357 votes. None of the missed votes was excused.

He missed votes a quarter of the time. He was also the 7th highest House member in voting “Present,” meaning that he didn’t take a position on many of the votes he actually did cast.

Not Voting

Excused

Voted Present

Voted Yes

Voted No

Vote Skipper Rank: 4

Rep. Vivian Flowers (D)

Rep. Vivian Flowers (D)

Missed 322 votes

%

Missed Votes

Rep. Vivan Flowers of Pine Bluff missed 322 votes. None of the missed votes was excused.

She missed votes almost a quarter of the time.

Not Voting

Excused

Voted Present

Voted Yes

Voted No

Vote Skipper Rank: 5

Rep. Fred Allen (D)

Rep. Fred Allen (D)

Missed 318 votes

%

Missed Votes

Rep. Fred Allen of Little Rock missed 318 votes. None of the missed votes was excused.

He missed votes 22% of the time.

Not Voting

Excused

Voted Present

Voted Yes

Voted No

Rep. Fred Love of Mabelvale (D)

Rep. Fred Love of Mabelvale (D)

Missed 318 votes; Ranked 6th

%

Missed Votes

Rep. Kenneth Ferguson of Pine Bluff (D)

Rep. Kenneth Ferguson of Pine Bluff (D)

Missed 288 votes; Ranked 7th

%

Missed Votes

Sen. Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff (D)

Sen. Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff (D)

Missed 262 votes; Ranked 8th

** 213 of Sen. Flowers’ missed votes were excused

%

Missed Votes

9th: Rep. Jeff Wardlaw (R) of Hermitage, 252 missed votes

10th: Rep. Deborah Ferguson (D) of West Memphis, 247 missed votes

11th: Rep. Milton Nicks Jr. (D) of Marion, 192 missed votes

12th: Sen. Alan Clark (R) of Lonsdale, 189 missed votes (164 excused)

13th: Rep. Julie Mayberry (R) of Hensley, 173 missed votes

14th: Rep. Mike Holcomb (R) of Pine Bluff, 158 missed votes

15th: Rep. Austin McCollum (R) of Bentonville, 157 missed votes

 

 

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