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Magazine / 2011 VOTE RATINGS

Most Liberal, Most Conservative

February 23, 2012

These are the members at the far end of the ideological spectrum, based on National Journal’s 2011 vote ratings.


Most Liberal            


1st (tie)
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.: 88.7 (Composite Liberal score)
Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.: 88.7 (Composite Liberal score)

3rd (tie)
Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii: 86.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Dick Durbin, D-Ill. : 86.5 (Composite Liberal score)

5th (tie)
Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.: 85.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: 85.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: 85.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.: 85.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Tom Udall, D-N.M.: 85.5 (Composite Liberal score)

Ben Cardin, D-Md.: 83.3 (Composite Liberal score)

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.: 83.2 (Composite Liberal score)

Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.: 82.8 (Composite Liberal score)

Al Franken, D-Minn.: 81.3 (Composite Liberal score)

Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.: 80.7 (Composite Liberal score)

15th (tie)
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: 80.0 (Composite Liberal score)
Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: 80.0 (Composite Liberal score)



Most Conservative           

Tom Coburn, R-Okla: 96.0 (Composite Conservative score)

Ron Johnson, R-Wis.: 94.2 (Composite Conservative score)

Mike Crapo, R-Idaho: 90.8 (Composite Conservative score)

Michael Enzi, R-Wyo.: 90.2 (Composite Conservative score)

John Barrasso, R-Wyo.: 89.3 (Composite Conservative score)

David Vitter, R-La.: 89.0 (Composite Conservative score)

7th (tie)
Richard Burr, R-N.C.: 88.7 (Composite Conservative score)
James Risch, R-Idaho: 88.7 (Composite Conservative score)

James Inhofe, R-Okla.: 88.5 (Composite Conservative score)

Jim DeMint, R-S.C.: 86.2 (Composite Conservative score)

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: 85.7 (Composite Conservative score)

Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.: 83.8 (Composite Conservative score)

Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: 83.3 (Composite Conservative score)

John Cornyn, R-Texas: 83.0 (Composite Conservative score)

Orrin Hatch, R-Utah: 82.3 (Composite Conservative score)



Most Liberal            

1st (tie)
Michael Capuano, D-Mass.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Judy Chu, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Hansen Clarke, D-Mich.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Donna Edwards, D-Md.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Keith Ellison, D-Minn.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Bob Filner, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Mike Honda, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Barbara Lee, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Grace Napolitano, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
John Olver, D-Mass.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Frank Pallone, D-N.J.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Donald Payne, D-N.J.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Pete Stark, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)
Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.: 93.3 (Composite Liberal score)

Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.: 92.0 (Composite Liberal score)

21st (tie)
Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.: 91.5 (Composite Liberal score)
John Lewis, D-Ga.: 91.5 (Composite Liberal score)
Jim McGovern, D-Mass.: 91.5 (Composite Liberal score)

John Garamendi, D-Calif.: 91.2 (Composite Liberal score)

Barney Frank, D-Mass.: 90.8 (Composite Liberal score)



Most Conservative           

1st (tie)
 Diane Black, R-Tenn.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Bob Latta, R-Ohio: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Jeff Miller, R-Fla.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Tom Price, R-Ga.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Ben Quayle, R-Ariz.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Dennis Ross, R-Fla.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)
Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.: 94.0 (Composite Conservative score)

11th (tie)
John Carter, R-Texas: 91.7 (Composite Conservative score)
Duncan D. Hunter, R-Calif.: 91.7 (Composite Conservative score)
Pete Sessions, R-Texas: 91.7 (Composite Conservative score)
Steve Scalise, R-La.: 91.7 (Composite Conservative score)

15th (tie)
Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y.: 91.2 (Composite Conservative score)
Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.: 91.2 (Composite Conservative score)
Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas: 91.2 (Composite Conservative score)
Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.: 91.2 (Composite Conservative score)

Mike Pence, R-Ind.: 90.7 (Composite Conservative score)

Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.: 90.3 (Composite Conservative score)

21st (tie)
Steve Chabot, R-Ohio: 89.7 (Composite Conservative score)
Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.: 89.7 (Composite Conservative score)
Tom Rooney, R-Fla.: 89.7 (Composite Conservative score)

Bill Flores, R-Texas: 89.2 (Composite Conservative score)

Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.: 88.8 (Composite Conservative score)

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