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Congressional Ideology Ratings.

The "In The Right Place" blog (via PoliPundit) has compiled ideology ratings for nearly all members of Congress, in a post titled, "Evaluating the Congress."

He took the most recent ratings from the ACU (American Conservative Union), the National Journal, and the ADA (Americans for Democratic Action), forming an index of just how conservative or liberal members of Congress are.

Some parameters:

Below -70 = lunatic fringe left
-40 to -70 = pretty far left-wing
0 to -40 = fairly reasonable liberal

0 to 50 = somewhat moderate
50 to 110 = moderate

110 to 140 = adequate conservative
140 to 170 = true conservative
Above 170 = solid conservative


Some of his findings:

Most Conservative (tie)-
186 (98/93/5) Sam Johnson (R) TX-03
186 (97/94/5) Todd Tiahrt (R) KS-04

Others 180 and above:
185 (98/87/0) Jeff Sessions (R) AL
184 (96/93/5) Chris Cannon (R) UT-03
185 (96/94/5) Tom DeLay (R) TX-22
183 (97/91/5) Pete Sessions (R) TX-32
183 (94/94/5) John Linder (R) GA-07
181 (94/92/5) Ric Keller (R) FL-08
180 (95/90/5) Eric Cantor (R) VA-07
180 (97/88/5) Christopher Cox (R) CA-48
180 (95/90/5) Gary Miller (R) CA-42

Most Liberal-
-93 (3/4/100) John Olver (D) MA-01

Others -90 and below:
-92 (4/4/100) Jerrold Nadler (D) NY-08
-92 (4/4/100) Jan Schakowsky (D) IL-09
-92 (4/4/100) Bob Filner (D) CA-51
-92 (4/4/100) Maxine Waters (D) CA-35
-91 (5/4/100) George Miller (D) CA-07
-91 (5/4/100) Hilda Solis (D) CA-32
-90 (5/5/100) Paul Sarbanes (D) MD
-90 (5/5/100) Barney Frank (D) MA-04


Top 5 Conservative State Delegations-
1. Wyoming
2. Oklahoma
3. Kentucky
4. Idaho
5. Utah

Top 5 Liberal State Delegations-
1. Massachusetts
2. Vermont
3. Hawaii
4. Rhode Island
5. South Dakota


Others of note:

Texas has the 20th most conservative delegation.


True conservative-

176 (90/91/5) Mark Kennedy (R) MN-06
173 (91/87/5) George Allen (R) VA

167 (84/88/5) John Kline (R) MN-02
165 (88/87/10) Bill Frist (R) TN
164 (87/87/10) Rick Santorum (R) PA
162 (85/87/10) John Cornyn (R) TX
162 (95/72/5) Sam Brownback (R) KS

146 (91/65/10) Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) TX
146 (85/76/15) Norm Coleman (R) MN
142 (85/72/15) Chuck Hagel (R) NE (see WILLisms.com's profile of Chuck Hagel as a potential 2008 presidential candidate)

Adequate Conservative-

137 (80/72/15) Elizabeth Dole (R) NC

111 (84/62/35) John McCain (R) AZ


Crazy liberal fringe-

-84 (2/14/100) Nancy Pelosi (D) CA-08

-76 (5/4/85) John Kerry (D) MA
-73 (11/11/95) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) NY


Very cool stuff. Check it out sometime.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 February 2005 10:30 PM

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