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Party and Committee Leaders in the Senate/Party and Committee Leaders in the House

Party and Committee Leaders in the Senate

Here is a look at how key leadership members scored in National Journal’s 2011 vote ratings.

Composite Liberal Score (Rank in Senate)


Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: 78.2 (18th)

Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: 86.5 (3rd)

Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: 80.0 (15th)



Composite conservative Score (Rank in Senate)

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: 85.7 (11th)

Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.: 79.8 (19th)


Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D.: 78.0 (24th)


(Key: Composite Liberal Score, Chairman, Committee)

86.5, Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Indian Affairs

85.5, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Environment and Public Works; Ethics

85.5, Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

83.2, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Judiciary

82.8, Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Commerce, Science, and Transportation

80.0, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Rules and Administration

80.0, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Intelligence

75.7, Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

75.7, Patty Murray, D-Wash., Veterans’ Affairs

75.2, John Kerry, D-Mass., Foreign Relations

74.3, Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Energy and Natural Resources

73.8, Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Appropriations

73.0, Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

69.7, Herb Kohl, D-Wis., Aging

69.2, Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Budget

63.8, Max Baucus, D-Mont., Finance

61.3, Mary Landrieu, D-La., Small Business

59.2, Carl Levin, D-Mich., Armed Services

57.7, Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

74.3 = AVERAGE


(Key: Composite Conservative Score, Ranking Member, Committee)

90.2, Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

89.3, John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Indian Affairs

88.7, Richard Burr, R-N.C., Veterans’ Affairs

88.5, James Inhofe, R-Okla., Environment and Public Works

83.8, Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Budget

82.3, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Finance

81.2, John McCain, R-Ariz., Armed Services

79.3, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Judiciary

79.0, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Aging

76.7, Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Intelligence

76.7, Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

75.5, Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

74.7, Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Commerce, Science, and Transportation

74.2, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Ethics

67.5, Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Foreign Relations

67.2, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Rules and Administration

62.7, Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Appropriations

58.8, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Energy and Natural Resources

This article appears in the February 25, 2012 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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