Who is Central California’s most liberal Congressman?
Who’s the most conservative Representative?
How does your Congressional Rep vote on issues of economic, social, and foreign policy?
You may find the answers you’re looking for in the new 2012 Congressional Vote Ratings report from the National Journal. For three decades, one of the favorite magazines for Washington insiders and political pundits rated the members of Congress based on their roll call votes from the second session of the past year and then compared those results based on ideology. The National Journal claims to put no spin on how each member of Congress should have voted.
I was an average math student… so I won’t attempt to explain how their ratings system works, but if you’d like to know more about how the National Journal’s Vote Ratings are calculated… then click on this link:
What do the Vote Ratings reveal about Central California’s Congressional delegation?
Let’s look at the ratings for two of them: Fresno Democrat Jim Costa and Tulare Republican Devin Nunes.
Costa’s opponents in recent elections have labeled him as too liberal for the Central Valley, but he won re-election last November in a new Congressional District where Democrats outnumbered Republicans.
According to the National Journal Vote Rankings, Costa is the 171st most liberal member of the House of Representatives. Several other California Democrats like Henry Waxman, Maxine Waters, Jackie Speier, and Nancy Pelosi are ranked as much more liberal than Costa.
The Vote Rankings show in 2012, Costa voted to the liberal side of economic, social, and foreign policies approximately 60% of the time… which by the way, makes Costa the 252nd most conservative member of the House.
Congressman Nunes also won re-election in November in a slightly redrawn district which included more of Clovis and North Fresno and Republican voters outnumber Democrats.
According to the National Journal Vote Rankings, Nunes is the 52nd most conservative House member. Among California Republicans, only Wally Herger, Darrel Issa, and Duncan Hunter voted more conservative than Nunes during that second session of 2012.
The National Journal’s calculations show Nunes voted conservative on economic, social, and foreign policy issues nearly 85% of the time during that session… which makes the Tulare Republican the 369th most liberal member of the House.
For the full interactive rankings of House members… click on this link:
You’ll also find the liberal/conservative rankings for members of the U.S Senate including California’s two Democratic Senators.
Barbara Boxer is the 10th most liberal Senator and Dianne Feinstein ranks 26th.
Shafter Democrat Michael Rubio no doubt shocked many of his constituents when he suddenly announced his resignation from the State Senate effective Friday, February 22nd.
Rubio was in the middle of his first term. He plans to take a government affairs job with Chevron, but claims he will not be lobbying. Rubio says he’s also leaving for family issues.
Rubio’s resignation erases the Democrat’s supermajority at the State Capitol by one seat, but maybe not for long. Voter registration in the 16th Senate District is overwhelmingly Democratic. A special election will have to be held to find Rubio’s replacement.
Could Tulare Assemblywoman Connie Conway be looking at running for Rubio’s now vacant State Senate Seat?
Despite the disappointing results of the November Election for Republicans, Conway was re-elected this week to lead the Assembly’s GOP Caucus. Only one vote did not go her way.
Conway will soon be termed out and the State Senate is the next logical political step.
The 16th State Senate District includes Kings County and parts of Fresno, Kern, and Tulare Counties.
Meantime, Conway says her focus for the current legislative session includes protecting taxpayers, rebuilding the state economy, and making sure California students remain a priority.