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PROGRESSIVE SCORE Progressive Score
Rank Member of Congress Party State Crucial Votes % Overall % State Tilt vs. State Tilt
Lifetime 2015-16 Lifetime 2015-16 % Rating
1TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 94.42 100.00 97.76 97.84 Strong Dem + 11.09 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 96.91 100.00 99.09 99.69 Strong Dem + 13.58 rank 5
3 Markey, Ed D MA 98.45 98.75 99.38 99.38 Strong Dem + 15.12 rank 5
4 Booker, Cory D NJ 96.72 97.50 98.37 97.83 Strong Dem + 13.39 rank 5
5TIE Baldwin, Tammy D WI 96.30 96.25 97.55 95.38 Swing + 19.63 rank 5
5TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.32 96.25 98.06 96.31 Strong Dem + 12.99 rank 5
5TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 94.43 96.25 97.52 98.75 Strong Dem + 11.10 rank 5
8 Schumer, Chuck D NY 90.64 95.00 94.24 95.06 Strong Dem + 7.31 rank 5
9TIE Franken, Al D MN 95.74 94.94 97.73 95.28 Leaning Dem + 15.74 rank 5
9TIE Leahy, Pat D VT 90.04 94.94 93.68 96.57 Strong Dem + 6.71 rank 5
11 Brown, Sherrod D OH 96.00 94.87 98.45 97.79 Swing + 19.33 rank 5
12 Reed, Jack D RI 96.08 93.75 97.09 95.38 Strong Dem + 12.75 rank 5
13 Durbin, Dick D IL 95.14 93.67 96.04 94.98 Strong Dem + 11.81 rank 5
14 Boxer, Barbara D CA 94.57 93.42 95.43 94.85 Strong Dem + 11.24 rank 5
15 Cardin, Ben D MD 93.74 92.50 97.30 94.77 Strong Dem + 10.41 rank 5
16 Sanders, Bernie I VT 94.97 92.11 96.81 94.64 Strong Dem + 11.64 rank 5
17 Schatz, Brian D HI 92.81 91.25 96.59 93.52 Strong Dem + 9.48 rank 5
18 Udall, Tom D NM 91.57 90.00 97.14 95.36 Leaning Dem + 11.57 rank 5
19 Reid, Harry D NV 76.85 88.41 86.82 94.64 Swing + 0.18 rank 5
20TIE Heinrich, Martin D NM 86.50 87.50 95.22 93.21 Leaning Dem + 6.50 rank 5
20TIE Menendez, Bob D NJ 92.31 87.50 96.51 93.83 Strong Dem + 8.98 rank 5
22TIE Blumenthal, Richard D CT 92.39 86.25 96.55 92.88 Strong Dem + 9.06 rank 5
22TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 90.80 86.25 96.50 93.52 Strong Dem + 7.47 rank 5
22TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 93.70 86.25 96.93 92.31 Strong Dem + 10.37 rank 5
25 Peters, Gary D MI 85.00 85.00 90.37 90.37 Leaning Dem + 5.00 rank 5
26 Mikulski, Barbara D MD 87.15 83.54 92.35 92.90 Strong Dem + 3.82 rank 5
27 Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 86.84 82.50 92.85 90.06 Leaning Dem + 6.84 rank 5
28 Wyden, Ron D OR 85.37 82.05 91.02 93.46 Strong Dem + 2.04 rank 5
29 Coons, Chris D DE 83.56 78.21 93.93 90.38 Leaning Dem + 3.56 rank 5
30 Casey, Bob D PA 83.86 77.50 92.88 87.96 Swing + 7.19 rank 5
31TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 84.97 76.25 91.85 91.08 Strong Dem + 1.64 rank 5
31TIE Murray, Patty D WA 87.17 76.25 91.92 91.28 Strong Dem + 3.84 rank 5
33TIE Klobuchar, Amy D MN 81.55 73.75 90.90 87.31 Leaning Dem + 1.55 rank 5
33TIE Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 83.57 73.75 93.13 87.38 Swing + 6.90 rank 5
35 Tester, Jon D MT 75.41 67.50 88.00 84.92 Leaning Rep + 2.08 rank 5
36 Nelson, Bill D FL 76.92 67.09 86.75 84.64 Swing + 0.25 rank 5
37 King, Angus I ME 68.71 63.75 87.76 80.25 Leaning Dem - 11.29 rank 5
38 Carper, Tom D DE 70.49 62.50 83.86 83.44 Leaning Dem - 9.51 rank 5
39 Kaine, Tim D VA 70.37 60.76 90.86 83.85 Swing - 6.30 rank 5
40 Bennet, Michael D CO 73.73 60.00 89.19 82.46 Swing - 2.94 rank 5
41 Feinstein, Dianne D CA 78.20 57.50 87.16 83.28 Strong Dem - 5.13 rank 5
42 Warner, Mark D VA 70.05 53.85 88.43 81.54 Swing - 6.62 rank 5
43 Donnelly, Joe D IN 61.73 50.00 80.42 65.63 Leaning Rep - 11.60 rank 5
44 Manchin, Joe D WV 57.19 43.75 72.60 59.06 Strong Rep - 12.81 rank 5
45 McCaskill, Claire D MO 67.45 40.51 80.68 75.80 Leaning Rep - 5.88 rank 5
46 Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 56.44 40.00 80.29 65.54 Leaning Rep - 16.89 rank 5
47 Paul, Rand R KY 14.39 34.21 11.05 19.61 Strong Rep - 55.61 rank 5
48 Collins, Susan R ME 28.21 31.25 39.19 37.23 Leaning Dem - 51.79 rank 5
49 Lee, Mike R UT 11.23 22.67 8.06 15.23 Strong Rep - 58.77 rank 5
50 Kirk, Mark1 R IL 16.89 22.50 24.15 30.13 Strong Dem - 66.44 rank 5
51 Murkowski, Lisa R AK 10.34 21.25 25.84 24.38 Leaning Rep - 62.99 rank 5
52 Heller, Dean R NV 21.15 17.72 18.84 20.19 Swing - 55.52 rank 5
53 Cruz, Ted R TX 10.00 16.67 6.33 13.82 Strong Rep - 60.00 rank 5
54 Ayotte, Kelly R NH 8.93 16.25 20.25 27.08 Swing - 67.74 rank 5
55 Portman, Rob R OH 7.77 15.00 14.09 18.94 Swing - 68.90 rank 5
56TIE Daines, Steve R MT 13.75 13.75 8.00 8.00 Leaning Rep - 59.58 rank 5
56TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 7.37 13.75 11.41 6.71 Strong Rep - 62.63 rank 5
58 Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.48 13.24 11.07 19.52 Leaning Rep - 67.85 rank 5
59TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 11.25 11.25 11.88 11.88 Swing - 65.42 rank 5
59TIE Sessions, Jeff R AL 3.04 11.25 4.59 5.64 Strong Rep - 66.96 rank 5
61 Sullivan, Dan R AK 10.26 10.26 8.18 8.18 Leaning Rep - 63.07 rank 5
62TIE Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.66 8.75 13.29 19.38 Strong Rep - 67.34 rank 5
62TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 5.84 8.75 8.38 8.20 Strong Rep - 64.16 rank 5
64 Toomey, Pat R PA 4.27 6.25 6.73 6.73 Swing - 72.40 rank 5
65 Enzi, Mike R WY 2.03 5.26 3.71 6.37 Strong Rep - 67.97 rank 5
66 Cassidy, Bill R LA 5.13 5.13 6.50 6.50 Strong Rep - 64.87 rank 5
67 Capito, Shelley R WV 5.06 5.06 13.89 13.89 Strong Rep - 64.94 rank 5
68TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.69 5.00 5.29 9.57 Swing - 73.98 rank 5
68TIE Corker, Bob R TN 2.97 5.00 12.21 10.94 Strong Rep - 67.03 rank 5
68TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 2.00 5.00 4.06 4.35 Strong Rep - 68.00 rank 5
68TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 3.73 5.00 15.78 11.04 Leaning Rep - 69.60 rank 5
68TIE Hoeven, John R ND 5.36 5.00 12.76 8.05 Leaning Rep - 67.97 rank 5
73 Vitter, David R LA 4.83 4.05 6.18 4.78 Strong Rep - 65.17 rank 5
74 Thune, John R SD 3.86 3.80 6.07 6.48 Leaning Rep - 69.47 rank 5
75TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 5.73 3.75 11.43 6.90 Leaning Rep - 67.60 rank 5
75TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 3.75 3.75 4.92 4.92 Swing - 72.92 rank 5
75TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.63 3.75 8.20 6.77 Swing - 71.04 rank 5
75TIE Lankford, James R OK 3.75 3.75 6.46 6.46 Strong Rep - 66.25 rank 5
75TIE McCain, John R AZ 12.05 3.75 13.03 9.46 Leaning Rep - 61.28 rank 5
75TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.90 3.75 4.70 15.38 Strong Rep - 68.10 rank 5
75TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 3.75 3.75 10.15 10.15 Leaning Rep - 69.58 rank 5
75TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 3.75 3.75 5.86 5.86 Strong Rep - 66.25 rank 5
83TIE Barrasso, John R WY 1.29 2.50 3.19 4.62 Strong Rep - 68.71 rank 5
83TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 2.50 2.50 4.04 4.04 Strong Rep - 67.50 rank 5
83TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 1.41 2.50 4.14 7.19 Swing - 75.26 rank 5
86 Rubio, Marco R FL 2.69 1.64 7.39 5.44 Swing - 73.98 rank 5
87TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 3.04 1.27 8.10 10.22 Strong Rep - 66.96 rank 5
87TIE Scott, Tim R SC 1.24 1.27 3.30 5.66 Leaning Rep - 72.09 rank 5
89TIE Boozman, John R AR 2.14 1.25 6.24 4.32 Strong Rep - 67.86 rank 5
89TIE Coats, Dan R IN 4.60 1.25 8.01 6.58 Leaning Rep - 68.73 rank 5
89TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.61 1.25 3.09 3.08 Strong Rep - 69.39 rank 5
89TIE Perdue, David R GA 1.25 1.25 5.94 5.94 Leaning Rep - 72.08 rank 5
89TIE Risch, James R ID 0.97 1.25 2.86 3.09 Strong Rep - 69.03 rank 5
89TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 1.25 1.25 8.02 8.02 Swing - 75.42 rank 5
95TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.53 0.00 11.22 12.65 Strong Rep - 66.47 rank 5
95TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.49 0.00 3.81 6.88 Strong Rep - 68.51 rank 5
95TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.81 0.00 3.18 2.81 Strong Rep - 68.19 rank 5
95TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.54 0.00 7.13 6.79 Leaning Rep - 71.79 rank 5
95TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.41 0.00 6.03 4.66 Strong Rep - 68.59 rank 5
95TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.53 0.00 9.35 6.50 Strong Rep - 67.47 rank 5

1Member's score adjusted - medical absence

State Tilt

We've assessed the State or District Tilt of each political jurisdiction as indicated below. The assessments are based on what could reasonably be expected to happen in an open seat (no incumbent running) race where no scandal was attached to either candidate. The odds calculations are based on a moderately liberal Democrat's chances of winning [NOT a conservative Democrat] in that State or District against a Republican candidate.

Strong Democratic District = 80-100% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Leaning Democratic District = 60-80% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Marginal = 40-60% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Leaning Republican = 20-40% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Strong Republican = 0-20% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Progressive Score vs. State Tilt

The “%” and “Rating” columns underneath the “Progressive Score vs. State Tilt” are two different ways of measuring the same thing. They both measure how naughty or nice a member of Congress' voting record has been relative to how hospitable his/her state is to a moderate to liberal Democrat. We're grading on a curve. An A in the “Rating” column indicates members of Congress who are doing the best in terms of voting MORE progressively than could necessarily be expected given their states. Those with an F rating are performing the worst in relation to their states.

We do this in a 3 step process:

  1. We start with Progressive Punch's Lifetime Crucial Votes score for each member of Congress.

  2. We identify which of five categories of Democratic strength that member of Congress belongs in (Strong Dem/ Leaning Dem/ Swing/ Leaning Rep/ Strong Rep). To see which of those five categories a given member of Congress is in, view the “District Tilt” category for House members & the “State Tilt” column for Senators.

    [Our assessments of the districts & states are just that, assessments of the districts & states themselves NOT at all how politically comfortable or weak the given member of Congress is in his or her district.]

    For each one of the five categories, there is a minimum percentage that we consider acceptable using the Progressive Punch Lifetime Crucial Votes scores. The percentages that we consider acceptable are:

    Strong Dem83.33 (B)
    Leaning Dem80.00 (B-)
    Swing76.67 (C+)
    Leaning Rep73.33 (C)
    Strong Rep.70.00 (C-)
  3. We then subtract the minimum acceptable percentages listed above in number 2 from that member's Actual Lifetime Crucial Votes percentage. And that's how we come up with the percentage numbers under the “%” underneath the Progressive Score vs. State Tilt column.

    So for example, as of 3/10/15 in the US House Mark Pocan of Wisconsin's 2nd district had a Lifetime Crucial Votes score of 99.15%, best of all returning (non-freshman) members. We have him in a Strong Democratic district. The minimum acceptable Lifetime Crucial Votes score for a Strong Democratic district we have as 83.33%. Subtract 83.33% (minimum desired) from 99.15% (actual) and you get 15.82% which puts him in first place among all Democrats in the House and in fact among all House members in general. So Representative Pocan is the best example of Nice!

    Conversely Kyrsten Sinema (Dem – Arizona 9) has a Lifetime Crucial Votes Score of 36.86%. We have her in a Swing district where the minimum Lifetime Crucial Votes score to be acceptable is 76.67%. Subtract 76.67% (minimum desired) from 36.86% (actual) and you get -39.81%. In other words Sinema is failing, and by a lot.

The “Rating” column with the A – F stars in it is a quick and dirty graphic indication of how well a member is performing in terms of voting record compared to their district.

+6.67% and above except for Strong Dem States and Districts where it's +8.17%= 5 stars (we'd say go out and work for these people)

+3.33% to +6.66% = 4 stars (worthy of support)

Zero to +3.32% = 3 stars (acceptable)

-3.33% to Zero = 2 stars (tolerable)

< -3.33% = 1 star (intolerable, although “intolerable” members from Strong Republican districts probably aren't worth fighting with)