U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins achieved a perfect voting record for the 111th Congress this year.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins achieved a perfect voting record for the 111th Congress this year.

Jenkins, a Kansas Republican who represents eastern Kansas with the exception of the Kansas City area, tallied 1,653 roll call votes during the Congressional session.

“The people of Eastern Kansans sent me to Congress to make sure their concerns are addressed and their voices are heard,” Jenkins said. “A big part of my job is to take a stand and vote on every piece of legislation that comes before the House. I made it a priority to vote in each of the 1,655 roll call votes the House held this Congress.”

Jenkins was one of six Representatives who did not miss a roll call vote during the session. She was joined by Jason Altmire, a Pennsylvania Democrat, Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican, Frank LoBiondo, a New Jersey Republican and Thomas Reed, a New York Republican.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was also credited with not missing any votes during the session.

According to a database compiled by The Washington Post, Republicans missed 4.6 percent of votes and Democrats missed 4.2 percent of votes.

Kansas Republican Todd Tiahrt missed 9.9 percent, or 163 votes while Jerry Moran, the state’s Senator-elect, missed 152 votes, or 9.2 percent. Democrat Dennis Moore was reported as missing 2.2 percent of roll call votes, or 37.

California Democrat Hilda Solis had the distinction of missing the most votes with 75.6 percent, or 59. Solis was recently appointed Labor Secretary by President Barack Obama.

The member of Congress who missed the most votes was South Carolina Republican J. Gresham Barrett, who missed 695 votes, or 42 percent, during the 111th Congress.

Also, according to The Post, Jenkins voted with Republicans 95.5 percent of the time.

“Despite a busy day-to-day schedule in Washington and travel complications after spending each weekend in Kansas, I am pleased I was able to participate in each roll call vote in the House,” Jenkins said. “While I voted against many of the major pieces of legislation that I believed would take our nation in the wrong direction, I am hopeful that in the next Congress, led by the Republican House Majority, I will be able to cast more “yes” votes as we work to return commonsense good governance to Washington.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140