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PROGRESSIVE SCORE Progressive Score
Rank Member of Congress Party State Crucial Votes % Overall %
 Updated 2017
State Tilt
vs. State Tilt
Lifetime 2017-18 Lifetime 2017-18 % Rating
1TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 95.52 100.00 97.67 99.29 Strong Dem + 12.19 rank 5
1TIE Van Hollen, Chris D MD 100.00 100.00 95.07 95.07 Strong Dem + 16.67 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 98.10 100.00 99.24 100.00 Strong Dem + 14.77 rank 5
4TIE Booker, Cory D NJ 97.31 98.90 98.30 99.30 Strong Dem + 13.98 rank 5
4TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 95.32 98.90 97.90 99.30 Strong Dem + 11.99 rank 5
4TIE Harris, Kamala D CA 98.90 98.90 98.58 98.58 Strong Dem + 15.57 rank 5
4TIE Markey, Ed D MA 98.26 98.90 98.99 98.59 Strong Dem + 14.93 rank 5
8 Franken, Al D MN 96.22 98.89 97.24 93.62 Swing + 19.55 rank 5
9 Sanders, Bernie I VT 95.58 98.86 96.99 99.28 Strong Dem + 12.25 rank 5
10TIE Murray, Patty D WA 87.69 97.80 91.93 93.66 Strong Dem + 4.36 rank 5
10TIE Schumer, Chuck D NY 91.22 97.80 94.31 95.77 Strong Dem + 7.89 rank 5
10TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 94.09 97.80 96.62 93.66 Strong Dem + 10.76 rank 5
13TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 85.90 96.70 91.85 92.20 Strong Dem + 2.57 rank 5
13TIE Reed, Jack D RI 96.06 96.70 96.88 92.25 Strong Dem + 12.73 rank 5
13TIE Wyden, Ron D OR 86.12 96.70 91.17 95.77 Strong Dem + 2.79 rank 5
16 Baldwin, Tammy D WI 95.44 95.60 96.75 94.37 Swing + 18.77 rank 5
17TIE Blumenthal, Richard D CT 92.82 95.56 96.05 94.33 Strong Dem + 9.49 rank 5
17TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.20 95.56 97.61 95.00 Strong Dem + 12.87 rank 5
19 Leahy, Pat D VT 90.27 94.38 93.57 91.43 Strong Dem + 6.94 rank 5
20TIE Brown, Sherrod D OH 95.76 93.41 97.99 92.25 Leaning Rep + 22.43 rank 5
20TIE Cardin, Ben D MD 93.57 93.41 96.69 90.14 Strong Dem + 10.24 rank 5
22 Udall, Tom D NM 91.63 93.26 96.69 93.53 Leaning Dem + 11.63 rank 5
23 Durbin, Dick D IL 95.11 93.10 95.84 89.78 Strong Dem + 11.78 rank 5
24TIE Duckworth, Tammy D IL 92.31 92.31 93.66 93.66 Strong Dem + 8.98 rank 5
24TIE Schatz, Brian D HI 92.54 92.31 95.49 90.78 Strong Dem + 9.21 rank 5
26 Heinrich, Martin D NM 88.21 92.22 94.35 91.49 Leaning Dem + 8.21 rank 5
27 Peters, Gary D MI 87.71 92.13 89.72 90.65 Swing + 11.04 rank 5
28 Menendez, Bob D NJ 92.21 91.01 95.98 89.13 Strong Dem + 8.88 rank 5
29TIE Casey, Bob D PA 84.76 90.11 92.48 88.03 Swing + 8.09 rank 5
29TIE Hassan, Maggie D NH 90.11 90.11 88.03 88.03 Swing + 13.44 rank 5
29TIE Klobuchar, Amy D MN 82.80 90.11 90.59 88.03 Swing + 6.13 rank 5
32TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 90.11 90.00 94.99 88.65 Strong Dem + 6.78 rank 5
32TIE Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 87.02 90.00 92.59 89.36 Swing + 10.35 rank 5
34 Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 84.08 87.91 92.38 86.62 Swing + 7.41 rank 5
35TIE Cortez Masto, Catherine D NV 85.71 85.71 85.92 85.92 Swing + 9.04 rank 5
35TIE Feinstein, Dianne D CA 78.68 85.71 86.99 82.93 Strong Dem - 4.65 rank 5
37 Coons, Chris D DE 83.63 84.27 92.66 83.70 Strong Dem + 0.30 rank 5
38 Kaine, Tim D VA 74.90 83.52 89.50 83.80 Leaning Dem - 5.10 rank 5
39TIE Bennet, Michael D CO 74.81 81.32 88.32 80.99 Leaning Dem - 5.19 rank 5
39TIE Carper, Tom D DE 71.49 81.32 83.75 82.01 Strong Dem - 11.84 rank 5
41 Nelson, Bill D FL 76.95 76.67 86.39 80.58 Leaning Rep + 3.62 rank 5
42 Tester, Jon D MT 75.49 75.82 87.27 79.58 Strong Rep + 5.49 rank 5
43 McCaskill, Claire D MO 68.32 72.53 80.40 76.43 Strong Rep - 1.68 rank 5
44 Donnelly, Joe D IN 62.21 67.78 77.97 66.43 Strong Rep - 7.79 rank 5
45 Warner, Mark D VA 69.44 66.67 86.98 72.14 Leaning Dem - 10.56 rank 5
46 King, Angus I ME 67.05 64.84 84.50 68.31 Swing - 9.62 rank 5
47TIE Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 57.95 60.44 76.91 59.86 Strong Rep - 12.05 rank 5
47TIE Manchin, Joe D WV 57.76 60.44 70.93 59.15 Strong Rep - 12.24 rank 5
49 Collins, Susan R ME 27.20 8.79 38.31 14.08 Swing - 49.47 rank 5
50 Paul, Rand R KY 13.72 7.69 11.10 8.45 Strong Rep - 56.28 rank 5
51 Murkowski, Lisa R AK 10.05 6.74 24.92 6.47 Strong Rep - 59.95 rank 5
52 McCain, John R AZ 11.81 5.88 12.86 4.44 Leaning Rep - 61.52 rank 5
53 Heller, Dean R NV 17.50 5.56 17.83 9.93 Swing - 59.17 rank 5
54TIE Corker, Bob R TN 3.08 3.30 11.64 2.86 Strong Rep - 66.92 rank 5
54TIE Lee, Mike R UT 9.87 3.30 7.90 3.55 Strong Rep - 60.13 rank 5
54TIE Young, Todd R IN 3.30 3.30 2.11 2.11 Strong Rep - 66.70 rank 5
57TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 3.46 1.12 13.67 0.71 Leaning Rep - 69.87 rank 5
57TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 3.91 1.12 5.53 1.43 Strong Rep - 66.09 rank 5
59TIE Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.22 1.11 10.64 1.43 Strong Rep - 64.78 rank 5
59TIE Portman, Rob R OH 6.27 1.11 12.85 2.84 Leaning Rep - 67.06 rank 5
61TIE Boozman, John R AR 1.84 1.10 5.70 1.41 Strong Rep - 68.16 rank 5
61TIE Cruz, Ted R TX 7.20 1.10 5.80 1.42 Leaning Rep - 66.13 rank 5
61TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.37 1.10 8.04 2.11 Leaning Rep - 67.96 rank 5
61TIE Kennedy, John R LA 1.10 1.10 1.41 1.41 Strong Rep - 68.90 rank 5
61TIE Thune, John R SD 3.61 1.10 5.79 0.70 Strong Rep - 66.39 rank 5
66TIE Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.40 0.00 12.70 1.46 Strong Rep - 67.60 rank 5
66TIE Barrasso, John R WY 1.08 0.00 3.00 0.71 Strong Rep - 68.92 rank 5
66TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 4.21 0.00 10.08 0.71 Strong Rep - 65.79 rank 5
66TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.37 0.00 5.02 0.00 Leaning Rep - 70.96 rank 5
66TIE Capito, Shelley R WV 2.79 0.00 10.62 2.13 Strong Rep - 67.21 rank 5
66TIE Cassidy, Bill R LA 2.25 0.00 4.47 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.75 rank 5
66TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.39 0.00 10.91 0.70 Strong Rep - 66.61 rank 5
66TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.34 0.00 3.65 0.70 Leaning Rep - 71.99 rank 5
66TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 1.12 0.00 3.00 0.70 Strong Rep - 68.88 rank 5
66TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 1.91 0.00 3.95 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.09 rank 5
66TIE Daines, Steve R MT 6.08 0.00 5.50 0.00 Strong Rep - 63.92 rank 5
66TIE Enzi, Mike R WY 1.89 0.00 3.60 0.70 Strong Rep - 68.11 rank 5
66TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 1.66 0.00 3.38 0.00 Leaning Rep - 71.67 rank 5
66TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.38 0.00 2.60 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.62 rank 5
66TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 4.97 0.00 8.33 0.00 Leaning Dem - 75.03 rank 5
66TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 2.88 0.00 7.91 1.41 Strong Rep - 67.12 rank 5
66TIE Hoeven, John R ND 3.95 0.00 11.28 0.00 Strong Rep - 66.05 rank 5
66TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.75 0.00 3.08 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.25 rank 5
66TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.37 0.00 6.80 0.84 Leaning Rep - 71.96 rank 5
66TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 1.04 0.00 3.71 0.00 Swing - 75.63 rank 5
66TIE Lankford, James R OK 2.76 0.00 4.86 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.24 rank 5
66TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.84 0.00 4.61 1.41 Strong Rep - 68.16 rank 5
66TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 4.30 0.00 7.50 0.73 Strong Rep - 65.70 rank 5
66TIE Perdue, David R GA 1.10 0.00 4.49 0.70 Leaning Rep - 72.23 rank 5
66TIE Risch, James R ID 0.97 0.00 2.73 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.03 rank 5
66TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.31 0.00 5.86 0.70 Strong Rep - 68.69 rank 5
66TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 1.66 0.00 7.19 0.70 Strong Rep - 68.34 rank 5
66TIE Rubio, Marco R FL 1.96 0.00 6.49 0.00 Leaning Rep - 71.37 rank 5
66TIE Scott, Tim R SC 0.76 0.00 2.87 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.24 rank 5
66TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 7.11 0.00 11.15 0.70 Strong Rep - 62.89 rank 5
66TIE Strange, Luther R AL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
66TIE Sullivan, Dan R AK 4.49 0.00 5.81 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.51 rank 5
66TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 0.56 0.00 5.57 0.00 Leaning Rep - 72.77 rank 5
66TIE Toomey, Pat R PA 3.17 0.00 5.98 0.00 Swing - 73.50 rank 5
66TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.07 0.00 8.65 0.70 Strong Rep - 67.93 rank 5

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)