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Osage Impact compiles attendance record for Congressional incumbents

Osage Impact, a local grassroots organization, has compiled the attendance record of the Congressional incumbents running in the 2020 Osage Nation General Election. They are Congresswomen Shannon Edwards, Maria Whitehorn, Speaker Joe Tillman and Congressmen John Maker and RJ Walker.

The Congress reinstated its public posting of attendance records on Oct. 1, 2019. The record compiled by Osage Impact is from the period of Dec. 8, 2015, to June 17, 2019.

During that time period:

Edwards was absent 41 days and late 11 days.
Maker was absent 27 days (Maker had surgery before the 2019 Hunkah Session and missed the session) and late once.
Walker was absent 10 days and late twice.
Tillman was absent 4 days and was never late.
Whitehorn was absent 1 day and late twice.

Osage News has verified the document, and below are the results by year: 

2015

Total Days missed during Two Special Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 3 absences
John Maker: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 1 absence
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences

Total Days missed during the Hunkah and Tzi-Zho Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 4 absences
John Maker: 2 absences
RJ Walker: 0 absences
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences 

2016

Total Days missed during Eight Special Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 1 Late, 7 absences
John Maker: 1 absence
Joe Tillman: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 1 absence
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences 

Total Days missed during the Hunkah and Tzi-Zho Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 4 Late, 1 absence
John Maker: 2 absences
Joe Tillman: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 1 absence
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences 

2017

Total Days missed during Six Special Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 8 absences
John Maker: 1 absence
Joe Tillman: 1 absence
RJ Walker: 1 absence
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences

Total Days missed during the Hunkah and Tzi-Zho Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 1 Late
John Maker: 1 absence
Joe Tillman: 1 absence
RJ Walker: 2 Late, 3 absences
Maria Whitehorn: 1 Late, 1 absence 

2018

Total Days missed during Five Special Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 4 absences
John Maker: 0 absences
Joe Tillman: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 1 absence
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences 

Total Days missed during Hunkah and Tzi-Zho Sessions
Shannon Edwards: 2 Late, 5 absences
John Maker: 1 Late, 1 absence
Joe Tillman: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 2 absences
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences 

First half of 2019


Total Days missed during One Special Session
Shannon Edwards: 6 absences
John Maker: 0 absences
Joe Tillman: 0 absences
RJ Walker: 0 absences
Maria Whitehorn: 1 Late 

Total Days missed during Hunkah Session
Shannon Edwards: 3 absences
John Maker: 19 absences (absent due to surgery)
Joe Tillman: 2 absences
RJ Walker: 0 absences
Maria Whitehorn: 0 absences

 

[CORRECTION: Congresswoman Maria Whitehorn was absent 1 day and late twice, not 3 days and late once. The Osage News regrets the error.]