A disproportionate number of the Republicans who left Congress during the past two election years because of retirement, resignation, or defeat were moderates, and most of them were succeeded by Democrats. The shaded areas show the departed Republicans who were in the more-liberal half of their party, with composite conservative scores in National Journal's vote ratings at 75 or below.
Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2006 Score that Year a DemocratBill Frist, R-Tenn. 78.5 no George Allen, R-Va. 78.0 yes Conrad Burns, R-Mont. 77.2 yes Rick Santorum, R-Pa. 70.3 yes Jim Talent, R-Mo. 68.3 yes Mike DeWine, R-Ohio 49.0 yes Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I. 41.0 yes e>
Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2008 Score that Year a DemocratWayne Allard, R-Colo. 91.3 yes Larry Craig, R-Idaho 79.7 no Pete Domenici, R-N.M. 66.2 yes John Sununu, R-N.H. 65.8 yes Norm Coleman, R-Minn. 61.0 undecided Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. 60.8 yes Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. 59.8 no John Warner, R-Va. 59.8 yes Ted Stevens, R-Alaska 59.0 yes Gordon Smith, R-Ore. 54.3 yes e>
Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2006 Score that Year a DemocratJim Ryun, R-Kan. 97.7 yes Mike Sodrel, R-Ind. 90.7 yes Bill Jenkins, R-Tenn. 90.0 no Bob Beauprez, R-Colo. 87.5 yes Tom DeLay, R-Texas* 86.7 yes Ernest Istook, R-Okla. 86.3 no Chris Chocola, R-Ind. 86.0 yes J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz. 85.0 yes Michael Oxley, R-Ohio 81.0 no Richard Pombo, R-Calif. 80.7 yes Charles Taylor, R-N.C. 80.2 yes Michael Bilirakis, R-Fla. 80.0 no Henry Bonilla, R-Texas 80.0 yes Henry Hyde, R-Ill. 76.3 no Katherine Harris, R-Fla. 75.2 no Don Sherwood, R-Pa. 74.5 yes Bill Thomas, R-Calif. 74.5 no Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn. 73.8 yes Anne Northup, R-Ky. 72.2 yes Tom Osborne, R-Neb. 70.0 no Jim Gibbons, R-Nev. 69.5 no Melissa Hart, R-Pa. 68.8 yes Joel Hefley, R-Colo. 68.7 no John Hostettler, R-Ind. 68.2 yes Jim Nussle, R-Iowa 66.0 yes Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz. 65.7 yes Clay Shaw, R-Fla. 65.3 yes Mark Kennedy, R-Minn. 65.2 no Bob Ney, R-Ohio 62.5 yes Mark Green, R-Wis. 59.7 yes Butch Otter, R-Idaho 58.2 no Joe Schwarz, R-Mich. 58.0 no John Sweeney, R-N.Y. 55.8 yes Jeb Bradley, R-N.H. 55.5 yes Mark Foley, R-Fla. 54.7 yes Curt Weldon, R-Pa. 54.7 yes Sue Kelly, R-N.Y. 54.5 yes Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y. 53.2 yes Charles Bass, R-N.H. 51.8 yes Nancy Johnson, R-Conn. 50.5 yes Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. 48.3 yes Rob Simmons, R-Conn. 46.8 yes Jim Leach, R-Iowa 38.5 yes e>
*2005 score is shown because member had no 2006 score because of missed votes.e>
Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2008 Score that Year a DemocratBill Sali, R-Idaho 94.7 yes Chris Cannon, R-Utah 93.7 no Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo. 88.7 no John Doolittle, R-Calif. 88.7 no Terry Everett, R-Ala. 88.2 yes Dave Weldon, R-Fla. 86.5 no Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. 86.3 no Jim McCrery, R-La. 86.0 no Duncan L. Hunter, R-Calif. 84.7 no Tom Feeney, R-Fla. 83.8 yes Ron Lewis, R-Ky. 82.7 no David Davis, R-Tenn. 82.2 no Steve Pearce, R-N.M. 82.2 yes Richard Baker, R-La.* 82.0 no Tim Walberg, R-Mich. 79.5 yes Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo. 77.5 yes Virgil Goode, R-Va. 77.3 yes Ric Keller, R-Fla. 75.8 yes Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. 75.2 no Thelma Drake, R-Va. 74.5 yes John Peterson, R-Pa. 74.5 no Heather Wilson, R-N.M. 74.3 yes Vito Fossella, R-N.Y. 73.3 yes Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo. 71.3 no Jim Saxton, R-N.J. 70.8 yes Bobby Jindal, R-La.* 70.2 no Rick Renzi, R-Ariz. 69.0 yes Steve Chabot, R-Ohio 67.7 yes Chip Pickering, R-Miss. 65.7 no Randy Kuhl, R-N.Y. 65.3 yes Tom Davis, R-Va. 64.8 yes Jerry Weller, R-Ill. 64.7 yes Robin Hayes, R-N.C. 64.3 yes Ralph Regula, R-Ohio 64.2 yes Michael Ferguson, R-N.J. 63.8 no Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich. 63.3 yes David Hobson, R-Ohio 63.0 no Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio* 59.7 yes Phil English, R-Pa. 59.5 yes Ray LaHood, R-Ill. 59.2 no James Walsh, R-N.Y. 58.7 yes Jon Porter, R-Nev. 57.3 yes Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. 55.8 no Christopher Shays, R-Conn. 52.8 yes Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md. 49.5 yes e>
*2007 score is shown because member had no 2008 score because of missed votes.
This article appears in the February 28, 2009, edition of National Journal Magazine Contents.