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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2007

Stevens: Alaska's Most Reliable Voter

Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is not only the longest-serving Senate Republican, as Paul Kane reports, but also one of its more dependable voters.

In fact, Stevens, 83, has by far the best attendance record among Alaska's three-person delegation since 1991 (GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski has missed fewer votes, but she has been in office only since late 2002, and since the 108th Congress has missed more votes than Stevens).

Here's the breakdown: since the 102nd Congress, Stevens has missed a total of 159 votes, while former Sen. Frank Murkowski (Lisa's father) and his daughter have missed a total of 283 votes. Neither of those are even close to Alaska's lone representative, Republican Don Young, who has missed 1,103 votes during that period (Young missed 209 votes in the 105th Congress and 181 more in the 107th). In Young's defense, he has missed only two votes in the current Congress, less than either of his colleagues.


Congress Member Missed Votes Percentage
110 Ted Stevens 11 8.7%
110 Lisa Murkowski 5 4%
110 Don Young 2 0.9%
109 Ted Stevens 8 1.2%
109 Lisa Murkowski 25 3.9%
109 Don Young 100 8.3%
108 Ted Stevens 4 0.6%
108 Lisa Murkowski 37 5.5%
108 Don Young 155 12.7%
107 Ted Stevens 50 7.9%
107 Frank Murkowski 49 7.7%
107 Don Young 181 18.2%
106 Ted Stevens 5 0.7%
106 Frank Murkowski 29 4.3%
106 Don Young 165 13.6%
105 Ted Stevens 5 0.8%
105 Frank Murkowski 23 3.8%
105 Don Young 209 17.6%
104 Ted Stevens 29 3.2%
104 Frank Murkowski 36 3.9%
104 Don Young 127 9.5%
103 Ted Stevens 33 4.6%
103 Frank Murkowski 56 7.7%
103 Don Young 92 8.2%
102 Ted Stevens 14 2.5%
102 Frank Murkowski 23 4.2%
102 Don Young 72 7.7%

Explore more voting patterns in washingtonpost.com's Congressional Votes Database.

By  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2007

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