In a news conference held the day after the primary election, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle accused Democrat Mazie Hirono of skipping out on her job as a U.S. House representative.

“This year, Mazie Hirono missed 127 votes in Congress,” reads a press release summarizing the event. “During that same period of time, Congresswoman Hanabusa only missed one vote.”

Is that true?

Lingle argues that Hirono has “no record of accomplishments” and epitomizes what Lingle has described as the problem with Washington.

One of the Republican’s four “common-sense solutions” — each of which are meant to revamp the public’s perception of Congress — is to make Congress members go to work.

Hirono has represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House since 2007. GovTrack.us is an online tool that allows the public to track federal legislation and keep tabs on congressional representatives and their voting records.

Hirono’s voting record, available on her GovTrack profile, shows that the Democrat this year did indeed miss 127 votes.

Those missed votes took place during the first nine months of 2012.

A graph shows that the number of votes Hirono missed this year increased with each quarter, presumably as campaigning picked up speed. She missed 10 votes in the first quarter, 38 votes in the second quarter and 79 votes in the third quarter.

That means that, since January, Hirono has missed about 23 percent of the 555 votes that she could have made.

For example, she was one of 15 House members not to vote on the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Nor did she vote on the legislation that extended student loan interest rates — a bill that most Democrats opposed.

She also missed at least nine key votes during the second half of July, according to a list generated by Project Vote Smart.

Those pieces of legislation include the 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, President Obama’s proposed 2012-2017 Offshore Drilling Lease Sale Plan Act and the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act.

Hirono has missed 240 votes since taking legislative office in 2007. Those votes make up 5 percent of all the votes she could have cast.

Members of both the House and Senate conduct hundreds of roll call votes each year. The median for missed votes among all members of Congress is 2.4 percent, according to GovTrack.

As Lingle notes, Colleen Hanabusa, who represents Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, missed just one vote in 2012. However, unlike Hirono, Hanabusa did not face any significant competition in the primary election.

BOTTOM LINE: Lingle says that Hirono this year missed 127 votes in Congress. According to GovTrack.us, Hirono missed 10 votes between January and March and 38 votes between April and June. GovTrack also shows that Hirono has missed another 79 votes during the quarter that started in July. The total number of votes she missed is 127. We find Lingle’s statement to be TRUE.

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