Justin Amash and Steve Womack Just Set a New Record in Congress

The Republican lawmakers have pristine voting records.

Emma Roller
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Emma Roller
May 30, 2014, 11:51 a.m.

Late Thursday night, Re­pub­lic­an Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Steve Womack of Arkan­sas passed a mile­stone. They each cast their 2,500th vote in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives — giv­ing them both the longest con­tinu­ous vot­ing streak among their cur­rent col­leagues in the House.

Amash, who was elec­ted in the 2010 wave of tea-party can­did­ates, pub­lished a short cel­eb­rat­ory Face­book post about the bench­mark Thursday night. “I just cast my 2,500th straight vote in Con­gress without hav­ing missed a vote. That’s the longest act­ive vote streak of any rep­res­ent­at­ive,” he said.

Since last night’s round of votes, Amash and Womack have now each racked up 2,520 con­sec­ut­ive roll-call votes. By com­par­is­on, the av­er­age rep­res­ent­at­ive has missed 2.4 per­cent of votes over their time in of­fice. “I’m honored to set an ex­ample as a con­gress­man who votes every time and ex­plains every vote,” Amash said in a state­ment to Na­tion­al Journ­al.

“Third Dis­trict Arkansans en­trus­ted me with the re­spons­ib­il­ity to rep­res­ent them in the U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives — that means show­ing up to vote,” Womack said in a state­ment to Na­tion­al Journ­al. “I am grate­ful that noth­ing has pre­ven­ted me from do­ing so and for the hon­or of be­ing my con­stitu­ents’ voice and an ex­ample for my peers.”

On the Sen­ate side, Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has not missed a single vote since she was elec­ted in 1997, and has cast 5,530 con­sec­ut­ive votes. For­tu­nately for Amash and Womack, none of their more-seni­or col­leagues have such ster­ling at­tend­ance re­cords.

This post has been up­dated to in­clude Rep. Steve Womack’s share of the vote at­tend­ance re­cord.

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