Stevens: Alaska's Most Reliable Voter
Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is not only the longest-serving Senate Republican, as Paul Kane reports, but also one of its more dependable voters.
In fact, Stevens, 83, has by far the best attendance record among Alaska's three-person delegation since 1991 (GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski has missed fewer votes, but she has been in office only since late 2002, and since the 108th Congress has missed more votes than Stevens).
Here's the breakdown: since the 102nd Congress, Stevens has missed a total of 159 votes, while former Sen. Frank Murkowski (Lisa's father) and his daughter have missed a total of 283 votes. Neither of those are even close to Alaska's lone representative, Republican Don Young, who has missed 1,103 votes during that period (Young missed 209 votes in the 105th Congress and 181 more in the 107th). In Young's defense, he has missed only two votes in the current Congress, less than either of his colleagues.
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