Thursday, January 17, 2008
U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl made every one of the U.S. Senate’s 442 votes in 2007, making Wisconsin only one of two states where both senators had perfect voting attendance records.
Feingold and Kohl were two of only 10 U.S. senators not to miss a single vote during the first session of the 110th Congress. The average U.S. senator made about 420 of the 442 votes cast in 2007.
“Wisconsinites depend on the people they elect to show up and represent Wisconsin in the Senate to the best of their ability,” said Feingold, who has only missed 10 votes in his 15 years as a U.S. senator, earning him a lifetime attendance record of 99.81%.
Along with Wisconsin, Maine was the only other state whose two senators were present for every vote.
Russ and Herb are only following a Wisconsin tradition best exemplified by the late Senator Bill Proxmire...The man who shook every single hand in Wisconsin.....twice. Said columnist and former Proxmire assistant Mark Shields,"Bill Proxmire took his job seriously. Between 1966 and his last year in office, 1988, he answered 10,252 consecutive Senate roll calls -- without missing one. This understandably did not endear him to his colleagues, whose opponents contrasted their less impressive attendance records.
In addition, he was back in Wisconsin at least three weekends a month, pressing the flesh and meeting with his state's citizens. The result: He once carried every county in the state."