Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio Have Missed The Highest Percentage Of Votes
Among Current Senators
Presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have the two highest rates of missed votes in the Senate, a Huffington Post analysis shows.
Cruz has the highest percentage of total missed votes with 10.4 percent, while Rubio comes in second with 8.2 percent, according to HuffPost's analysis of data compiled by GovTrack. The numbers encompass the full Senate careers of each currently serving member and are accurate as of Friday morning.
The ranking excludes Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who is technically ranked first but missed all votes during the year he was away recovering from a stroke, as well as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who is ranked second but missed hundreds of votes during his 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns. (When the rankings are calculated without considering those time periods, Kirk and McCain end up as No. 3 and No. 10, respectively.)
This week, Cruz faced criticism for missingThursday’s vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general. The Texas Republican instead attended a fundraiser in his home state, despite having vocally opposed Lynch's nomination for months.
Neither senator's office responded immediately to HuffPost's requests for comment.
As the Lynch incident indicates, Cruz's and Rubio’s absenteeism could haunt them during their White House runs. A poor record for casting votes and attending hearings or committee meetings has proven a liability for lawmakers in the past. During the 2014 election cycle, similar criticisms were leveled against then-Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), then-Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), and former Sen. Scott Brown(R-Mass.), all of whom went on to lose their races. President Barack Obama also took heat during his 2008 presidential campaign for frequently voting "present" on bills in the Illinois state Senate, rather than for or against them.