ProPublica has an API that exports Congressional voting patterns so that people can review their representatives voting habits. In downloading the data for senators, I noticed so marked differences in the voting patterns between the two senators for Illinois.
Note: The data below was cleaned and compiled by me. If you want to a better look at the charts or download the data go here: https://public.tableau.com/profile/steve.rubendall#!/vizhome/CongressVotingPatterns/Data
Kirk is sort of a rebel, with the 3rd highest rate of voting against his own party in the Senate. I’d chalk this up to representing a very Democratic state. Other notable rebels are two former presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
Durbin on the other hand toes the party line. He is the 3rd lowest in voting against his party. This is likely because he is the Minority Whip. For all that Berne wants to be, he toes the Democratic party line more often than not, voting against the Dems less than others in his party.
As for votes missed Kirk ‘misses’ about 6% of the votes about double Durbin’s number this term. This chart is stark for former presidential candidates. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz miss 1 in 3 votes with Berne missing over 1 in 3.
When looking at the Congress as a whole, the Democrats are more unified in their voting patterns in both houses. The Senate is especially ruckus for the Republicans with over half of their party voting against itself over 1 in 10 times.
In general, the my house rep, Darin LaHood, is a pretty solid vote for the Republicans. I guess he has to be since our previous rep, Aaron Schock resigned because of his decorative and travel escapades.