LANSING — In 2012, the Michigan Senate recorded 1,082 roll call votes. Sen. Judy Emmons made sure to cast a vote on every single one of them.
“The people of the 33rd District elected me to represent them to the best of my ability, and I take that charge seriously,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve on behalf of the hardworking men and women of mid-Michigan. As they go to work each day, they deserve elected officials who do the same.”
Michigan’s 38 senators and 110 representatives missed 2,234 votes in 2012, according to the Missed Votes Report on MichiganVotes.org. The number of missed votes has been on a downward trajectory since 2001-2002, when the site began tracking the information and the average number of missed votes was more than 10,000 every year.
“Casting votes on legislation is the most important part of an elected state official’s job,” Emmons said. “I am proud to have not missed a single vote last year, and that most of my colleagues also took seriously the duty of voting. While some lawmakers missed dozens of votes, more than a third of the Senate joined me with perfect records in 2012.”
During the 2012 session, 13 senators and 62 Michigan lawmakers missed no votes. The full report on the 96th Legislature is available online at www.michiganvotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx.
MichiganVotes.org is a free website provided by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Its goal is to provide concise, objective, plain-English descriptions of every bill and every vote by every politician in the Michigan Legislature, searchable and sortable by legislator, topic, keywords, date range and more.