Most Liberal Members of Congress

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Carrie Mihalcik
Feb. 26, 2011, 5:10 a.m.

Nine sen­at­ors tied for most lib­er­al in Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s 2010 Vote Rat­ings is­sue. Here’s a look at the 10 most-lib­er­al sen­at­ors:

For the 10 most-lib­er­al rep­res­ent­at­ives head to the end of the gal­lery.

Tied for first — Sen. Sher­rod Brown, D-Ohio

WASHINGTON - MAY 14:  U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (R) listens during a news conference at Upper Senate Park May 14, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Brown held a news conference with Rep. Michael Michaud and union leaders to express their opposition to the U.S.-Columbia Free Trade Agreement.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong/Getty Images

Al­though he could face a tough reelec­tion battle in 2012, Brown shows no signs of trim­ming his sails. He was tied as the most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in 2009, mak­ing it two years straight he’s been tied for most lib­er­al.

GAL­LERY:Who are the most con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers of Con­gress?

Tied for first — Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 12: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber after a 40-minute pro forma session at the U.S. Capitol August 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed a $600 million bill to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border and a bill honoring former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), who was killed in a plane crash earlier this week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Both Mary­land sen­at­ors tied most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in the 2010 vote rat­ings. Cardin also tied for most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in 2009.

Tied for first — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Patrick Leahy (D-VT) speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court on July 14, 2009. Richard A. Bloom

Leahy was the 29th most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in 2009 with a com­pos­ite score of 73.8.

Tied for first — Sen. Carl Lev­in, D-Mich.

Carl Levin (D-MI) speaks at a September 11, 2007. National Journal

Lev­in tied for 11th most lib­er­al in the 2009 vote rat­ings with a com­pos­ite score of 84.3.

Tied for first — Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski, D-Md.

WASHINGTON - MARCH 25: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (C) smiles after the Senate voted on health care on Capitol Hill on March 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Senate approved the health care bill with by a 56-43 margin and sent it to the House for a final vote. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Mikul­ski ranked eighth most lib­er­al in 2009 with a com­pos­ite score of 85.2, which was a more-lib­er­al score then the 83.3 that tied her for most lib­er­al in 2010.

Tied for first — Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev.

Sen. Harry Reid talks with the press after the Senate Democrats Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

Re­id made a big jump to tie as the most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in the 2010 rat­ings. He was 22nd most lib­er­al in 2009 and the 25th most lib­er­al in 2008.

Tied for first — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 16: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a press conference on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman December 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sanders, who is a member of the Senate Budget committee, has placed a hold on the nomination of Bernanke. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sanders is the only in­de­pend­ent sen­at­or with a most-lib­er­al vote rat­ing in 2010.

Tied for first — Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

WASHINGTON - JUNE 22: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) participates in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on June 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on policies that would reduce oil consumption through the promotion of accelerated deployment of electric-drive vehicles. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) National Journal

Stabenow ranked the 21st most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in 2009 with a com­pos­ite score of 78.3.

Tied for first — Sen. Shel­don White­house, D-R.I.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on December 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on foreclosure justice and causes and effects of the foreclosure crisis. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson/Getty Images

White­house also tied for the title of most-lib­er­al sen­at­or in 2009.

Tied for 10th — (left to right) Sens. Kirsten Gil­librand, D-N.Y., Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.Y., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.

Sen­at­ors from sev­en states had identic­al lib­er­al scores. Gil­librand and Schu­mer are one set of the pairs.

Top Ten Lib­er­al Rep­res­ent­at­ives

Tied for first — Reps. Tammy Bald­win, D-Wis., Judy Chu, D-Cal­if., John Lewis, D-Ga., Jer­rold Nadler, D-N.Y., John Olver, D-Mass., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Linda Sanc­hez, D-Cal­if.

(left to right) Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Judy Chu, D-Calif., Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. National Journal

In 2010, four of the 10 most-lib­er­al mem­bers of the House were wo­men (pic­tured above). Rep. Niki Tson­gas, D-Mass., al­most made the list as the 11th most-lib­er­al mem­ber in 2010, a big jump from the 51st most lib­er­al in 2009.

GAL­LERY:Who are the most con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers of Con­gress?

Tied for eighth — (left to right) Reps. Ed­ward Mar­key, D-Mass., George Miller, D-Cal­if., and Jim McGov­ern, D-Mass.

With com­pos­ite scores of 95.3, Mar­key, Miller, and McGov­ern round out the 10 most-lib­er­al mem­bers of the House. All three mem­bers had a com­pos­ite score in the 80s in the 2009 vote rat­ings.

GAL­LERY:Who are the most con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers of Con­gress?


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