How Montana’s Delegation Ranks in National Journal ‘Vote Ratings’

By Beacon Staff

<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2010voteratings" title="The National Journal released its annual “Vote Ratings””>The National Journal released its annual “Vote Ratings” in which it ranks U.S. representatives and senators on how liberal or conservative they are. In the House, Montana’s lone Congressman Republican Denny Rehberg ranked 83rd most conservative. Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester fall more in the middle in their chamber. Tester ranked the 43rd most conservative member of the Senate, followed by Baucus at 44 – only Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson ranked higher among Democrats.

Some other findings, according to the National Journal:

• The most conservative members of Congress: Reps. Randy Neugebauer, Texas; Sam Johnson, Texas; Doug Lamborn, Colo.; Jim Jordan, Ohio; and Trent Franks, Ariz.

• The most liberal members of Congress: Reps. Linda Sanchez, Calif.; Jan Schakowsky, Ill.; John Olver, Mass.; Jerrold Nadler, NY; John Lewis, Ga.; Judy Chu, Calif.; and Tammy Baldwin, Wis.

• The most conservative members the Senate: Sens. John Barrasso, Wyo.; Saxby Chambliss, Ga.; John Cornyn, Tex.; Mike Crapo, Idaho; Jim DeMint, SC; John McCain, Ariz.; James Risch, Idaho; and John Thune, SD

• The most liberal members of the Senate: Sherrod Brown, Ohio; Ben Cardin, Md.; Patrick Carl Leahy, Vt.; Carl Levin, Mich.; Barbara Mikulski, Md.; Harry Reid, Nev.; Bernie Sanders, Vt.; Debbie Stabenow, Mich.; and Sheldon Whitehouse, RI

Here are all the results.

Keep in mind that several members of Congress hadn’t yet cast enough votes to make the list.

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