Collins Casts 5,000th Consecutive Vote in U.S. Senate

Liked some, haven’t liked oth­ers, but you can’t deny this is an amaz­ing stat to hit in the world of pol­i­tics, hec­tic sched­ules, DC traf­fic, and a host of other things.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Sen­a­tor, it’s quite the accomplishment.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)cast her 5,000th con­sec­u­tive vote Thurs­day, earn­ing her the third-longest consecutive-vote streak of any sen­a­tor in U.S. history.

Stand­ing at her desk shortly after 2 p.m., Collins beamed before her name was called on a vote to table a pro­posal on tax cuts for small businesses.

No,” she said, before sit­ting down.

Ask Collins about the mile­stone and she’s quick to note that not only is her vote streak con­sec­u­tive, but it accounts for every vote held in the Sen­ate since she joined the cham­ber in Jan­u­ary 1997.

Though impres­sive, Collins’s record is nowhere near the top. The all-time con­sec­u­tive vote record holder is for­mer Sen. William Prox­mire (D-Wis.) who answered 10,252 con­sec­u­tive roll calls between April 20,1966, and Oct. 18, 1988. Sen. Charles E. Grass­ley (R-Iowa) main­tains the longest streak of cur­rent sen­a­tors, hav­ing cast roughly 6,450 votes since 1993. To date, Grass­ley has cast almost 11,000 votes and has missed only 35 votes over the course of his Sen­ate career.

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