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2010 Vote Ratings

Party and Committee Leaders

A look at how key Senate leadership members scored in National Journal’s 2010 vote ratings.


Here is a look at how key leadership members scored in National Journal’s 2010 vote ratings.



Rank & Name: Composite Liberal Score (Rank in Senate)

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: 83.3 (1st)

Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: 7.5 (19th)


Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: 80.8 (10th)

Rank & Name: Composite Conservative Score (Rank in Senate)

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: 84.2 (16th)

Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.: 82.5 (21st)


Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.: 73.0 (30th)


(Composite Liberal Score) Name of Chairman; Committee

(83.3) Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Judiciary

(83.3) Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Armed Services

(83.3) Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

(80.8) Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Rules and Administration

(78.5) Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Veterans’ Affairs

(77.5) Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; Indian Affairs

(77.5) Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Appropriations

(76.8) Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

(76.5) Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

(75.8) Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.; Energy and Natural Resources

(74.2) John Kerry, D-Mass.; Foreign Relations

(71.7) Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; Budget

(67.2) Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Environment and Public Works; Ethics

(66.3) Herb Kohl, D-Wis.; Aging

(65.2) Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va.; Commerce, Science, and Transportation

(64.2) Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Intelligence

(63.8) Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Small Business

(48.5) Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Finance

(46.8) Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn.; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

AVERAGE: 71.6  


(Composite Conservative Score) Ranking Member; Committee

(89.7) John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Indian Affairs

(89.7) Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Intelligence

(89.7) John McCain, R-Ariz.; Armed Services

(86.3) Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

(85.7) Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

(85.3) Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Budget

(85.3) Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Commerce, Science, and Transportation

(84.0) Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Finance

(83.3) James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Environment and Public Works

(83.2) Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Ethics

(79.7) Richard Shelby, R-Miss.; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

(76.7) Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Appropriations

(76.5) Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Aging

(76.0) Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Judiciary

(75.7) Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Veterans’ Affairs

(73.0) Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Rules and Administration

(63.8) Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Energy and Natural Resources

(63.7) Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Foreign Relations

(63.3) Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; Small Business

(62.0) Susan Collins, R-Maine; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs




Here is a look at how key leadership members scored in National Journal’s 2010 vote ratings.


Rank & Name: Composite Conservative Score (Rank in House)

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: 94.2 (8th)

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.: 82.0 (76th)

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.: 80.3 (88th)

Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas: 88.0 (42nd)


Rank & Name: Composite Liberal Score (Rank in House)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.: *
*Pelosi has no score because as speaker she typically does not vote.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.: 76.8 (101st)

Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C.: 75.3 (109th)

Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn.: 93.5 (12th)


(Composite Conservative Score) Name of Chairman; Committee

(89.0) Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Budget

(87.8) Jeff Miller, R-Fla.; Veterans’ Affairs

(84.3) Doc Hastings, R-Wash.; Natural Resources

(82.5) Frank Lucas, R-Okla.; Agriculture

(82.3) Lamar Smith, R-Texas; Judiciary

(81.8) Ralph Hall, R-Texas; Science and Technology

(81.2)Jo Bonner, R-Ala.; Standards of Official Conduct

(79.8) David Drier, R-Calif.; Rules

(79.8) Buck McKeon, R-Calif.; Armed Services

(79.3) Dave Camp, R-Mich.; Ways and Means

(79.3) Sam Graves, R-Mo.; Small Business

(79.3) John Mica, R-Fla.; Transportation and Infrastructure

(77.5) Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Oversight and Government Reform

(77.5) Harold Rogers, R-Ky.; Appropriations

(77.2) John Kline, R-Minn.; Education and Labor

(76.3) Spencher Bachus, R-Ala.; Financial Services

(76.3) Fred Upton, R-Mich.; Energy and Commerce

(74.7) Dan Lungren, R-Calif.; House Administration

(73.8) Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Intelligence

(65.5) Peter King, R-N.Y.; Homeland Security

(61.2) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; Foreign Affairs



(Composite Liberal Score) Ranking Member; Committee

(96.7) Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.; Standards of Official Conduct

(95.3) Edward Markey, D-Mass.; Natural Resources

(95.3) George Miller, D-Calif.; Education and Labor

(92.7) Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Financial Services

(90.8) Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Oversight and Government Reform

(90.5) Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.; Rules

(87.7) Henry Waxman, D-Calif.; Energy and Commerce

(84.8) Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.; Small Business

(82.7) Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Budget

(81.7) Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas; Science and Technology

(81.2) Howard Berman, D-Calif.; Foreign Affairs

(80.5) Sander Levin, R-Mich.; Ways and Means

(80.0) John Conyers, D-Mich.; Judiciary

(79.0) Robert Brady, D-Pa.; House Administration

(78.5) Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Homeland Security

(77.8) Bob Filner, D-Calif.; Veterans’ Affairs

(69.5) Norm Dicks, D-Wash.; Appropriations

(64.8) Adam Smith, D-Wash.; Armed Services

(62.5) Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.; Intelligence

(52.7)Nick Rahall, D-W. Va.; Transportation and Infrastructure

(45.7) Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Agriculture


This article appears in the February 26, 2011 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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