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.
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.