A new study says that 2016 presidential contender Marco Rubio has been absent from the most votes taken in Congress since joining the U.S. Senate in January 2011.
The study, done by research company Vocativ in partnership with GovTrack.us, says Rubio (R-Florida) has been absent for 99 votes out of the 1,198 total he has been in office for. This amounts to 8.3% of votes.
The senator’s spokesman, Alex Conant, told Politico, “He is one of the only senators with young children who has not moved his family to D.C., and tries to spend as much time in Florida with them as possible.”
Rubio, who has been married to his wife for 17 years and has four children, also visits his mother in Florida frequently, due to her being ill.
In the House of Representatives, veteran member John Conyers (D-Michigan) has been absent for the most votes during his five decades in office, having missed roughly 16.3% of the 27,195 votes cast since January 1965.
While the most absent members in the House are Democrats, nine of the top 10 Senators missing roll call are Republicans.
However, the perfect attendance award goes to Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has yet to miss a vote since taking her position as Senator in 1997.
Rubio is widely considered one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. A poll from CBS News released on Feb. 18 showed Rubio in third place among all Republican candidates, with 37% of the vote, behind another Florida Republican Jeb Bush (49%) and Mike Huckabee (46%).
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