U.S. Rep. David Jolly has 100% voting record during first year in office

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Congresman David Jolly is one of only three U.S. representatives to have never missed a vote. He joins Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack and Michigan’s Justin Amash on the shortlist. All three are Republicans.

A fourth, Democrat Derek Kilmer, was on that list until June, when he missed 14 votes, according to govtrack.us. Two U.S. senators, both in the GOP, are also on the list – Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Susan Collins of Maine.

Most of the lawmakers earning the distinction are fairly new to Washington. Womack and Amash took office in 2011, Fisher in 2013. Fischer’s perfect voting record is the most impressive. She’s been in office since 1997 and has cast all of the 645 roll call votes possible. Jolly is the freshest of the pack, having served less than one year after being elected during a special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young, who had served more than 40 years in the U.S. House.

Jolly’s voting record, though new, is set to improve upon that of his predecessor. Young missed 2,057 votes throughout his tenure in Congress. That’s more than 8 percent of total votes possible and worse than the 2.5 percent lifetime average of other U.S. representatives. During his first year in office, Young missed 25 votes out of more than 300.

Jolly sees this as evidence of his dedication to voters and says he will remain committed to being a voice for Pinellas County voters in Washington.

“The job the people of Pinellas County elected me to do is something I take very seriously. It is a privilege and honor to serve them and I hope my voting record highlights my commitment to public service,” Jolly said.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.