National Journal Ranks Members of Congress Based on Political Leanings
The National Journal has released its annual report which ranks congressmen and senators based on their conservative or liberal leanings. The scores are based on roll-call votes dealing with economic, social and foreign-policy issues in 2010.The journal declares 2010 the most polarizing year since they began compiling the rankings and said, “The results capture the continued remaking of Congress into an institution defined by much greater partisan discipline and philosophical conformity.”
Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill County) and Mark Critz (D-Johnstown) rounded out some of the most centrist of the congressmen.
Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) was determined to be the 19th most liberal member and Chaka Fatta (D-Phila.) the 53rd.
On the other side of the aisle in the House, Joe Pitts (R-Lancaster) was the most conservative of Pennsylvania congressmen at 41st, while Bill Shuster (R-Holidaysburg) followed close behind at 58th.
In the Senate, Pennsylvania Senators comprised some of the most liberal leanings in 2010. Bob Casey was ranked as the 15th most liberal and Arlen Spector the 18th most liberal.