Most Conservative, Liberal Members of Last Congress

Todd Akin was No. 1 on the right

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff | Suggested by GeorgeL

Posted Feb 19, 2013 7:33 PM CST

(Newser) Todd Akin may have cost himself a Senate seat with his views on "legitimate rape" last fall, but he gets a consolation prize: the title of most conservative member of the last Congress, as bestowed by the National Journal. Akin had a nearly perfect score of 97 when it came to voting on the issues, followed by Georgia's Austin Scott (96.8), Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn (96.5), Louisiana's Jeffrey Landry (96.2), and five tied at 95.8: Mike Conaway of Texas, John Fleming of Louisiana, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Click for a more complete list.

On the left, 14 representatives tied for first place with a score of 94.5. These "most liberal" lawmakers are: Yvette Clarke of New York, William Lacy Clay of Missouri, John Conyers of Michigan, Danny Davis of Illinois, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Mike Honda of California, Barbara Lee of California, John Lewis of Georgia, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John Olver of Massachusetts, Bobby Rush of Illinois, and Linda Sanchez, Pete Stark, and Lynn Woolsey of California. Click for a more complete list.

Todd Akin addresses supporters during a campaign event on Nov. 3. He lost the Senate race to Democrat Claire McCaskill.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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