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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 Baldwin, Tammy D WI 97.69 100.00 99.33 100.00 Leaning Dem + 17.69 rank 5
1TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 94.57 100.00 98.19 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.24 rank 5
1TIE Markey, Ed D MA 98.97 100.00 99.57 100.00 Strong Dem + 15.64 rank 5
1TIE Menendez, Bob D NJ 94.12 100.00 97.42 100.00 Strong Dem + 10.79 rank 5
1TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 94.85 100.00 97.49 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.52 rank 5
1TIE Reed, Jack D RI 96.53 100.00 97.43 100.00 Strong Dem + 13.20 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 96.15 100.00 98.99 100.00 Strong Dem + 12.82 rank 5
1TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 95.57 100.00 98.08 100.00 Strong Dem + 12.24 rank 5
9TIE Booker, Cory D NJ 96.67 97.87 99.08 99.31 Strong Dem + 13.34 rank 5
9TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.95 97.87 99.33 99.31 Strong Dem + 13.62 rank 5
9TIE Leahy, Pat D VT 90.43 97.87 93.66 99.31 Strong Dem + 7.10 rank 5
9TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 96.18 97.87 98.82 99.31 Strong Dem + 12.85 rank 5
9TIE Peters, Gary D MI 97.87 97.87 99.31 99.31 Leaning Dem + 17.87 rank 5
9TIE Sanders, Bernie I VT 95.54 97.87 97.29 99.31 Strong Dem + 12.21 rank 5
9TIE Schatz, Brian D HI 94.85 97.87 98.80 99.31 Strong Dem + 11.52 rank 5
9TIE Schumer, Chuck D NY 91.15 97.87 94.46 99.31 Strong Dem + 7.82 rank 5
17TIE Brown, Sherrod D OH 96.58 97.83 98.69 99.30 Swing + 19.91 rank 5
17TIE Franken, Al D MN 96.57 97.83 98.62 99.29 Leaning Dem + 16.57 rank 5
19 Boxer, Barbara D CA 94.85 97.78 95.60 99.25 Strong Dem + 11.52 rank 5
20TIE Durbin, Dick D IL 95.42 95.74 96.26 98.61 Strong Dem + 12.09 rank 5
20TIE Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 87.87 95.74 93.49 98.62 Leaning Dem + 7.87 rank 5
20TIE Udall, Tom D NM 92.82 95.74 97.77 98.61 Leaning Dem + 12.82 rank 5
23TIE Blumenthal, Richard D CT 94.80 93.62 98.15 97.93 Strong Dem + 11.47 rank 5
23TIE Cardin, Ben D MD 94.24 93.62 97.98 97.93 Strong Dem + 10.91 rank 5
25 Heinrich, Martin D NM 87.79 91.49 96.80 97.22 Leaning Dem + 7.79 rank 5
26 Mikulski, Barbara D MD 87.84 89.36 92.45 96.32 Strong Dem + 4.51 rank 5
27 Casey, Bob D PA 85.59 87.23 93.78 90.34 Leaning Dem + 5.59 rank 5
28 Reid, Harry D NV 77.56 86.11 86.60 95.24 Swing + 0.89 rank 5
29TIE King, Angus I ME 77.86 85.11 92.09 88.97 Leaning Dem - 2.14 rank 5
29TIE Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 86.89 85.11 94.88 95.17 Swing + 10.22 rank 5
31 Klobuchar, Amy D MN 83.22 82.98 92.00 94.48 Leaning Dem + 3.22 rank 5
32TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 86.03 80.85 92.09 93.79 Strong Dem + 2.70 rank 5
32TIE Murray, Patty D WA 87.94 80.85 92.05 93.75 Strong Dem + 4.61 rank 5
34 Nelson, Bill D FL 78.25 78.72 87.23 91.61 Swing + 1.58 rank 5
35TIE Coons, Chris D DE 84.64 78.26 94.88 92.14 Leaning Dem + 4.64 rank 5
35TIE Wyden, Ron D OR 86.03 78.26 90.89 92.36 Strong Dem + 2.70 rank 5
37 Tester, Jon D MT 76.74 72.34 88.78 88.97 Leaning Rep + 3.41 rank 5
38TIE Feinstein, Dianne D CA 79.79 70.21 87.55 89.93 Strong Dem - 3.54 rank 5
38TIE Kaine, Tim D VA 76.34 70.21 93.89 87.59 Swing - 0.33 rank 5
40 Carper, Tom D DE 71.88 63.83 84.06 84.83 Leaning Dem - 8.12 rank 5
41 Warner, Mark D VA 73.23 61.70 89.50 82.52 Swing - 3.44 rank 5
42TIE Bennet, Michael D CO 75.64 59.57 90.29 83.45 Swing - 1.03 rank 5
42TIE Donnelly, Joe D IN 68.46 59.57 86.80 73.43 Leaning Rep - 4.87 rank 5
44 Manchin, Joe D WV 59.77 51.06 75.81 62.50 Strong Rep - 10.23 rank 5
45 Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 64.12 48.94 85.49 68.28 Leaning Rep - 9.21 rank 5
46 McCaskill, Claire D MO 70.00 46.81 81.29 75.71 Leaning Rep - 3.33 rank 5
47 Collins, Susan R ME 28.07 36.17 39.25 35.86 Leaning Dem - 51.93 rank 5
48 Paul, Rand R KY 9.77 23.40 8.42 13.99 Strong Rep - 60.23 rank 5
49 Ayotte, Kelly R NH 8.66 21.28 18.80 26.90 Swing - 68.01 rank 5
50 Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.47 20.00 10.60 18.60 Leaning Rep - 67.86 rank 5
51TIE Kirk, Mark1 R IL 14.72 19.15 20.85 20.74 Strong Dem - 68.61 rank 5
51TIE Portman, Rob R OH 7.39 19.15 12.35 14.58 Swing - 69.28 rank 5
53TIE Murkowski, Lisa R AK 9.33 14.89 25.36 13.89 Leaning Rep - 64.00 rank 5
53TIE Sessions, Jeff R AL 2.79 14.89 4.49 5.56 Strong Rep - 67.21 rank 5
53TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 7.19 14.89 11.51 5.00 Strong Rep - 62.81 rank 5
56 Lee, Mike R UT 7.51 11.11 5.17 5.88 Strong Rep - 62.49 rank 5
57 Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.44 10.64 12.74 16.90 Strong Rep - 67.56 rank 5
58TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.71 8.51 4.91 8.97 Swing - 73.96 rank 5
58TIE Corker, Bob R TN 3.06 8.51 12.49 13.19 Strong Rep - 66.94 rank 5
58TIE Heller, Dean R NV 19.23 8.51 17.93 16.55 Swing - 57.44 rank 5
61 Cruz, Ted R TX 4.88 6.82 2.60 4.96 Strong Rep - 65.12 rank 5
62TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 6.30 6.38 11.79 3.52 Leaning Rep - 67.03 rank 5
62TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 6.38 6.38 8.39 8.39 Swing - 70.29 rank 5
62TIE McCain, John R AZ 11.88 6.38 13.10 9.15 Leaning Rep - 61.45 rank 5
62TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 4.84 6.38 7.59 3.50 Strong Rep - 65.16 rank 5
66 Capito, Shelley R WV 4.35 4.35 9.72 9.72 Strong Rep - 65.65 rank 5
67TIE Daines, Steve R MT 4.26 4.26 2.76 2.76 Leaning Rep - 69.07 rank 5
67TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 3.10 4.26 17.18 11.03 Leaning Rep - 70.23 rank 5
67TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.41 4.26 8.10 2.76 Swing - 71.26 rank 5
67TIE Hoeven, John R ND 5.10 4.26 12.94 3.45 Leaning Rep - 68.23 rank 5
67TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 4.26 4.26 7.59 7.59 Leaning Rep - 69.07 rank 5
72 Cassidy, Bill R LA 2.22 2.22 2.80 2.80 Strong Rep - 67.78 rank 5
73TIE Sullivan, Dan R AK 2.17 2.17 2.80 2.80 Leaning Rep - 71.16 rank 5
73TIE Vitter, David R LA 4.44 2.17 5.99 1.48 Strong Rep - 65.56 rank 5
75TIE Coats, Dan R IN 4.59 2.13 8.05 5.52 Leaning Rep - 68.74 rank 5
75TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 2.13 2.13 2.07 2.07 Swing - 74.54 rank 5
75TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 3.05 2.13 7.95 8.33 Strong Rep - 66.95 rank 5
75TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 1.17 2.13 3.48 6.90 Leaning Dem - 78.83 rank 5
75TIE Lankford, James R OK 2.13 2.13 2.07 2.07 Strong Rep - 67.87 rank 5
75TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.86 2.13 4.26 14.48 Strong Rep - 68.14 rank 5
75TIE Scott, Tim R SC 1.54 2.13 1.54 1.39 Leaning Rep - 71.79 rank 5
75TIE Thune, John R SD 3.63 2.13 5.80 4.14 Leaning Rep - 69.70 rank 5
75TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 2.13 2.13 5.52 5.52 Swing - 74.54 rank 5
75TIE Toomey, Pat R PA 3.14 2.13 6.42 4.86 Leaning Dem - 76.86 rank 5
85TIE Barrasso, John R WY 0.95 0.00 2.87 2.76 Strong Rep - 69.05 rank 5
85TIE Boozman, John R AR 1.97 0.00 6.02 0.69 Strong Rep - 68.03 rank 5
85TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.54 0.00 11.03 8.28 Strong Rep - 66.46 rank 5
85TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.37 0.00 3.61 7.64 Strong Rep - 68.63 rank 5
85TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
85TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 1.68 0.00 3.86 0.69 Strong Rep - 68.32 rank 5
85TIE Enzi, Mike R WY 1.74 0.00 3.49 3.62 Strong Rep - 68.26 rank 5
85TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.00 0.00 2.52 0.69 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
85TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.81 0.00 3.07 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.19 rank 5
85TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.55 0.00 6.84 2.08 Leaning Rep - 71.78 rank 5
85TIE Perdue, David R GA 0.00 0.00 2.76 2.76 Leaning Rep - 73.33 rank 5
85TIE Risch, James R ID 0.51 0.00 2.45 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.49 rank 5
85TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.31 0.00 5.94 1.38 Strong Rep - 68.69 rank 5
85TIE Rubio, Marco R FL 2.43 0.00 7.11 1.67 Swing - 74.24 rank 5
85TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
85TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.42 0.00 9.03 0.70 Strong Rep - 67.58 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)