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Bridget Johnson


February 28, 2012 - 8:00 am

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are proudly trumpeting their annual voting rating by National Journal, which ranks the most liberal and conservative members of Congress.

“JACKSON MOST LIBERAL CONGRESSMAN IN THE HOUSE,” a press release from Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) screamed in the all-caps subject line.

Based on a scoring of 105 House votes, though, Jackson’s score of 93.3 tied him for Most Liberal with 18 other House members.

They are Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.); Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.), William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), John Olver (D-Mass.); Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).

The office of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) sent out a press release noting that she and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R) were ranked among the most conservative members of their chambers.

Ellmers tied for 15th with four other members, with a conservative score of 91.2. Burr tied for 7th place with a score of 88.7.

The most conservative House members, tied with a score of 94.0, are Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.),
Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).

The most conservative senator in the rankings is Tom Coburn (R-Olka.), with a 96.0 score. On the other side of the aisle, two senators tied for most liberal with an 88.7 score: Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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