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Magazine / 2011 VOTE RATINGS

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

February 23, 2012

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

55.0, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Small Business

53.7, Susan Collins, R-Maine, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

75.3 = AVERAGE


Party and Committee Leaders in the House

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

Composite conservative Score (Rank in house)

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, *

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., 80.3 (73rd)

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., 88.8 (25th)

Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, 91.2 (15th)


Composite Liberal Score (Rank in house)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., 82.8 (79th)

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., 70.7 (138th)

Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., 80.0 (91st)

Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn., 85.3 (63rd)


(Key: Composite Conservative Score, Chairman, Committee, 2011 Composite Conservative Scores of Democratic Predecessors)

94.0, Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Veterans’ Affairs, 6.7

82.3, John Mica, R-Fla., Transportation and Infrastructure, 40.5

81.7, John Kline, R-Minn., Education and Labor, 9.5

80.5, Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Intelligence, 36.2

79.7, Ralph Hall, R-Texas, Science and Technology, 22.0

79.3, Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Judiciary, 12.2

77.7, Doc Hastings, R-Wash., Natural Resources, 10.8

77.7, Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Appropriations, 28.7

74.5, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Oversight and Government Reform, 14.8

73.5, Dan Lungren, R-Calif., House Administration, 17.8

71.3, Sam Graves, R-Mo., Small Business, 8.0

70.5, Jo Bonner, R-Ala., Standards of Official Conduct, 9.3

70.2, Buck McKeon, R-Calif., Armed Services, 34.7

69.7, Frank Lucas, R-Okla., Agriculture, 42.5

69.0, Dave Camp, R-Mich., Ways and Means, 28.0

68.2, Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Budget, 25.5

62.8, David Dreier, R-Calif., Rules, 10.7

60.7, Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., Financial Services, 9.2

55.2, Fred Upton, R-Mich., Energy and Commerce, 10.3

53.7, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Foreign Affairs, 15.3

53.0, Peter King, R-N.Y., Homeland Security, 20.0

71.7 = AVERAGE (19.7 = 2011 Composite Conservative Scores of Democratic Predecessors)


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

93.3, Bob Filner, D-Calif., Veterans’ Affairs

92.0, Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., Small Business

90.8, Barney Frank, D-Mass., Financial Services

90.7, Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Standards of Official Conduct

90.5, George Miller, D-Calif., Education and Labor

89.7, Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Energy and Commerce

89.3, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., Rules

89.2, Edward Markey, D-Mass., Natural Resources

87.8, John Conyers, D-Mich., Judiciary

85.2, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Oversight and Government Reform

84.7, Howard Berman, D-Calif., Foreign Affairs

82.2, Robert Brady, D-Pa., House Administration

80.0, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Homeland Security

78.0, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Science and Technology

74.5, Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Budget

72.0, Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ways and Means

71.3, Norm Dicks, D-Wash., Appropriations

65.3, Adam Smith, D-Wash., Armed Services

63.8, Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., Intelligence

59.5, Nick Rahall, D-W. Va., Transportation and Infrastructure

57.5, Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Agriculture

80.3 = AVERAGE

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