While missing votes due to the demands of participating in a presidential campaign is an inevitability for sitting members of Congress, missing key votes or having a high absentee rate can be used by opponents to argue a politician cares more about his or her career than about good governance.


Bachmann's last vote in the House came Aug. 1, when she voted to reauthorize a government advisory agency, according to a vote database maintained by The Washington Post. Paul last voted on Sept. 15 in favor of a bill reining in the power of the National Labor Relations Board to decide where businesses can and can't move.

The Hill reported in July that Bachmann had missed nearly 40 percent of House votes since formally launching her presidential bid a month earlier. Paul had missed about 8 percent since entering the race in May.