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Frederica Wilson, recovering from surgery, misses most October votes

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson's attendance record caught the notice this week of the New York Times, which found she was among the 18  members of the House of Representatives to have missed more than 10 percent of votes so far this year. 

Wilson, just a few days shy of her 69th birthday, was recovering from gallbladder surgery, spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said. The Miami Democrat last cast a vote Oct. 3.

Although she missed 71 votes, Wilson only missed about two full weeks of work. The House was out of session one week for a district work period. And because of Columbus Day and breaks for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the House had short working weeks much of the month.

Gunaratna said Wilson worked from home much of the time, and re-entered the political fray over the weekend with an appearance at the Florida Democratic Party convention. She was back working in Washington today, Gunaratna said.