Heritage Action for America provides a scorecard that helps us conservatives assess which Congresspersons in Washington are standing for our principles and values and to what extent. Redstate automatically tags Congresspersons with their Heritage Action Score (HAS) for the current session of Congress. I wanted to improve this data by including data from the prior session, as well. Additionally, I wanted to assess where each Republican Congressperson stands among their fellow members of the caucus. The Democrats and Independents are irrelevant to our analysis because they represent votes for Reid and Pelosi. Furthermore, the percentage of each Congressperson’s agreement with HAA informs their percentile as to where they stand in the caucus. 

The data for all Republican senators are below. I will work on the House Republicans soon and post that when ready. For example, because [mc_name name=’Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000577′ ] (R-UT) has a score of 96% during the current session and a score of 99% during the prior session, I have assigned him a 97.5%. This is the highest overall percent among all Senate Republicans. Therefore, his score is higher than 45 of the 46 in the caucus (one cannot be higher than oneself). 45/46 = the 98th percentile. The chart below is interesting also for how we see dramatic differences in scores that may be explained by election-cycle Roads to Damascus.

 

Some of the data are quite interesting. For example, Sen [mc_name name=’Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C000567′ ] (R-MS) scored a 60% in 2011-2012, which does not seem all that horrible at first. However, when combined with his current session score of 53% for an average of 56.5%, this translates into his being in the 15th percentile of the Republican Senate caucus. Most of you were aware already of his dismal standing, given the election he stole through dirty tricks with the complicity of the Establishment. These data advance the story.

 

If I get positive feedback for this, I will develop an equivalent for the House Republicans. Hopefully we can get from this a renewed vigor to vote Republican in the general whether we have a Senator Lee type of candidate or a [mc_name name=’Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001035′ ] type of candidate. If our candidate is lacking, each of us should develop our own individualized action plan for the next cycle’s pre-primary season that zealots like Coldwarrior would be proud to endorse.

Member of Congress                    11-12 HAS    11-14 AVG    11-14 %ILE

CONSERVATIVE HERITAGE HEROES FOR LIBERTY: (highest eighth)

[mc_name name=”Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”L000577″ ] – 99 – 97.5 – 98

[mc_name name=”Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”P000603″ ] – 96 – 94 – 96

[mc_name name=”Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001098″ ] – 93 – 93 – 93

[mc_name name=”Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000595″ ] – 96 – 88.5 – 90

[mc_name name=”Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”J000293″ ] – 94. – 88.5 – 90

TRUE CONSERVATIVES: (2nd highest eighth)

[mc_name name=”Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000584″ ] – 89 – 87 – 86

[mc_name name=”Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000560″ ] – 89 – 87 – 86

[mc_name name=”Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”S001184″ ] – 85 – 85 – 83

[mc_name name=”Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”I000024″ ] – 86 – 83 – 80

[mc_name name=”Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000880″ ] – 84 – 82.5 – 78

[mc_name name=”Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001056″ ] – 84 – 81.5 – 76

MODERATE REPUBLICANS: (2nd highest quartile)

[mc_name name=”Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”S001141″ ] – 77 – 80.5 – 74

[mc_name name=”Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”T000461″ ] – 88 – 79.5 – 72

[mc_name name=”Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000307″ ] – 65 – 79 – 70

[mc_name name=”Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”G000386″ ] – 79 – 76 – 67

[mc_name name=”Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”E000285″ ] – 77 – 75.5 – 65

[mc_name name=”Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”V000127″ ] – 83 – 75 – 63

[mc_name name=”Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”B001261″ ] – 75 – 73.5 – 61

[mc_name name=”Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”S000320″ ] – 71 – 73 – 59

[mc_name name=”Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”H000338″ ] – 91 – 72.5 – 57

[mc_name name=”Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M000355″ ] – 75 – 71.5 – 54

[mc_name name=”Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”H001041″ ] – 75 – 69.5 – 52

RINOs: (2nd lowest quartile)

[mc_name name=”Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000542″ ] – 78 – 69 – 49

[mc_name name=”Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M000934″ ] – 74 – 69 – 49

[mc_name name=”Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”B001236″ ] – 70 – 68.5 – 46

[mc_name name=”Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”B001135″ ] – 77 – 67.5 – 43

[mc_name name=”Sen. John Thune (R-SD)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”T000250″ ] – 73 – 66.5 – 41

[mc_name name=”Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”F000463″ ] – 66 – 66 – 39

[mc_name name=”Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M000303″ ] – 75 – 63 – 37

[mc_name name=”Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”A000368″ ] – 74 – 62 – 34

[mc_name name=”Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”P000449″ ] – 70 – 62 – 34

[mc_name name=”Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001071″ ] – 75 – 61.5 – 30

[mc_name name=”Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”F000444″ ] – 61 – 61 – 26

[mc_name name=”Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”G000359″ ] – 73 – 61 – 26

[mc_name name=”Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000286″ ] – 72 – 61 – 26

DEMOCRATS: (bottom quartile)

[mc_name name=”Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”J000291″ ] – 67 – 59.5 – 22

[mc_name name=”Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”I000055″ ] – 66 – 57.5 – 18

[mc_name name=”Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”B000575″ ] – 64 – 57.5 – 18

[mc_name name=”Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000567″ ] – 60 – 56.5 – 15

[mc_name name=”Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”W000437″ ] – 65 – 55.5 – 13

[mc_name name=”Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”A000360″ ] – 55 – 51.5 – 11

[mc_name name=”Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”K000360″ ] – 64 – 51 – 9

[mc_name name=”Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”H001061″ ] – 57 – 49 – 7

[mc_name name=”Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M001153″ ] – 43 – 33 – 4

[mc_name name=”Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001100″ ] – 32 -32 – 2

[mc_name name=”Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001035″ ] – 31 – 26.5 – 0