Rep. Mia Love MIA in Lame Duck Session

This article originally appeared in Role Call. Read it in its entirety here.

Utah Rep. Mia Love has missed more votes in the lame duck session than any of the nearly three dozen other lawmakers who lost their reelection races in November, according to a recent analysis.

The 4th District Republican was absent from a cluster of votes the week before Christmas as the federal government hurtled toward a partial shutdown. Altogether Love missed nearly 84 percent of votes since suffering her midterm loss, the most of any ousted member of Congress, according to an analysis by KUTV.

A spokesman for Love told the Salt Lake City TV station that the congresswoman “has sacrificed a lot of time away from her family since she took office. She has been honored to have dedicated 4 years diligently serving Utah but has unfortunately been home with a sick child recently.”

The founder of a progressive watchdog group in Utah pointed out that while Love continues to draw a paycheck, some of her constituents who are federal workers are not.

“Her constituents in CD4 (congressional district 4) who work for the federal government should be probably the most disappointed of all that they don’t have a voice up on Capitol Hill in Washington, day six of a shutdown, over the holiday season,” Josh Kanter, founder of progressive watchdog nonprofit Alliance for a Better Utah, told KUTV. “They’re not getting a paycheck. She is, and why isn’t she there fighting for these people?”

This article originally appeared in Role Call. Read it in its entirety here.

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