Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., has announced that he won't seek re-election in 2008, but his voting statistics suggest that he already has one foot out the door of Congress. LaHood has missed 18 percent of floor votes this year, easily the most in any session since coming to Washington in 1995. LaHood missed 5.1 percent of votes during the 109th Congress, his previous vote-missing high mark.
Of the 11 House Republicans who have announced that they will step down at the end of the 110th Congress (and are not running for another office), four have missed more votes this year than in any other session since 1991. In addition to LaHood, fellow Illinoisans J. Dennis Hastert (missed 24.1 percent of votes) and Jerry Weller (5.1%) along with Chip Pickering, R-Miss. (14.6%) have set personal highs. Hastert, the former House Speaker, did have surgery earlier this year and missed votes as a result.