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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 97.12 100.00 99.23 100.00 Leaning Dem + 17.12 rank 5
1TIE Booker, Cory D NJ 96.88 100.00 99.18 100.00 Strong Dem + 13.55 rank 5
1TIE Cardin, Ben D MD 94.50 100.00 98.07 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.17 rank 5
1TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 94.18 100.00 98.09 100.00 Strong Dem + 10.85 rank 5
1TIE Leahy, Pat D VT 90.36 100.00 93.58 100.00 Strong Dem + 7.03 rank 5
1TIE Markey, Ed D MA 98.59 100.00 99.49 100.00 Strong Dem + 15.26 rank 5
1TIE Menendez, Bob D NJ 93.88 100.00 97.32 100.00 Strong Dem + 10.55 rank 5
1TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 94.48 100.00 97.35 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.15 rank 5
1TIE Mikulski, Barbara D MD 87.92 100.00 92.45 100.00 Strong Dem + 4.59 rank 5
1TIE Reed, Jack D RI 96.48 100.00 97.38 100.00 Strong Dem + 13.15 rank 5
1TIE Schatz, Brian D HI 94.55 100.00 98.83 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.22 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 95.19 100.00 98.85 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.86 rank 5
1TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 95.37 100.00 98.00 100.00 Strong Dem + 12.04 rank 5
14TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 86.38 95.24 92.17 98.63 Strong Dem + 3.05 rank 5
14TIE Durbin, Dick D IL 95.41 95.24 96.21 98.63 Strong Dem + 12.08 rank 5
14TIE Feinstein, Dianne D CA 80.15 95.24 87.65 98.63 Strong Dem - 3.18 rank 5
14TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.19 95.24 99.24 98.63 Strong Dem + 12.86 rank 5
14TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 95.24 95.24 98.66 98.63 Strong Dem + 11.91 rank 5
14TIE Murray, Patty D WA 88.17 95.24 92.10 98.63 Strong Dem + 4.84 rank 5
14TIE Nelson, Bill D FL 78.52 95.24 87.25 97.18 Swing + 1.85 rank 5
14TIE Peters, Gary D MI 95.24 95.24 98.61 98.61 Leaning Dem + 15.24 rank 5
14TIE Sanders, Bernie I VT 95.33 95.24 97.17 98.63 Strong Dem + 12.00 rank 5
14TIE Schumer, Chuck D NY 90.99 95.24 94.34 98.63 Strong Dem + 7.66 rank 5
14TIE Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 87.60 95.24 95.06 98.63 Swing + 10.93 rank 5
25TIE Boxer, Barbara D CA 94.79 95.00 95.53 98.46 Strong Dem + 11.46 rank 5
25TIE Brown, Sherrod D OH 96.42 95.00 98.64 98.57 Swing + 19.75 rank 5
25TIE Franken, Al D MN 96.30 95.00 98.53 98.55 Leaning Dem + 16.30 rank 5
25TIE Wyden, Ron D OR 86.34 95.00 90.98 98.61 Strong Dem + 3.01 rank 5
29TIE Blumenthal, Richard D CT 94.64 90.48 98.11 97.26 Strong Dem + 11.31 rank 5
29TIE Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 87.62 90.48 93.32 97.26 Leaning Dem + 7.62 rank 5
29TIE Udall, Tom D NM 92.31 90.48 97.65 97.26 Leaning Dem + 12.31 rank 5
32 Coons, Chris D DE 86.31 90.00 95.53 97.10 Leaning Dem + 6.31 rank 5
33 Heinrich, Martin D NM 85.71 85.71 96.55 95.83 Leaning Dem + 5.71 rank 5
34TIE Kaine, Tim D VA 80.00 80.95 95.36 91.78 Swing + 3.33 rank 5
34TIE King, Angus I ME 75.24 80.95 92.72 90.41 Leaning Dem - 4.76 rank 5
36 Casey, Bob D PA 84.93 71.43 93.64 83.56 Leaning Dem + 4.93 rank 5
37 Klobuchar, Amy D MN 82.62 66.67 91.72 90.41 Leaning Dem + 2.62 rank 5
38 Carper, Tom D DE 72.01 61.90 84.08 86.30 Leaning Dem - 7.99 rank 5
39 Warner, Mark D VA 73.80 57.14 89.69 78.87 Swing - 2.87 rank 5
40TIE Bennet, Michael D CO 76.37 52.38 90.52 80.82 Swing - 0.30 rank 5
40TIE Tester, Jon D MT 76.20 52.38 88.54 83.56 Leaning Rep + 2.87 rank 5
42 Reid, Harry D NV 77.29 50.00 86.39 84.85 Swing + 0.62 rank 5
43TIE Donnelly, Joe D IN 64.42 28.57 87.28 63.38 Leaning Rep - 8.91 rank 5
43TIE Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 63.81 28.57 85.99 54.79 Leaning Rep - 9.52 rank 5
43TIE McCaskill, Claire D MO 70.40 28.57 81.32 70.59 Leaning Rep - 2.93 rank 5
46TIE Kirk, Mark1 R IL 14.62 23.81 21.26 24.62 Strong Dem - 68.71 rank 5
46TIE Manchin, Joe D WV 58.33 23.81 75.88 50.00 Strong Rep - 11.67 rank 5
48TIE Ayotte, Kelly R NH 7.02 19.05 18.36 30.14 Swing - 69.65 rank 5
48TIE Collins, Susan R ME 27.71 19.05 39.26 32.88 Leaning Dem - 52.29 rank 5
50 Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.00 15.79 10.41 20.00 Leaning Rep - 68.33 rank 5
51 Portman, Rob R OH 5.63 14.29 11.44 6.85 Swing - 71.04 rank 5
52TIE Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.20 9.52 12.66 18.31 Strong Rep - 67.80 rank 5
52TIE Corker, Bob R TN 2.84 9.52 12.37 10.96 Strong Rep - 67.16 rank 5
52TIE Heller, Dean R NV 20.67 9.52 18.31 19.18 Swing - 56.00 rank 5
52TIE McCain, John R AZ 11.98 9.52 13.20 11.27 Leaning Rep - 61.35 rank 5
56 Capito, Shelley R WV 5.00 5.00 5.56 5.56 Strong Rep - 65.00 rank 5
57TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 6.14 4.76 12.37 1.43 Leaning Rep - 67.19 rank 5
57TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.41 4.76 4.65 5.48 Swing - 74.26 rank 5
57TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 2.91 4.76 17.84 9.59 Leaning Rep - 70.42 rank 5
57TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 4.76 4.76 11.27 11.27 Swing - 71.91 rank 5
57TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 3.09 4.76 7.92 6.94 Strong Rep - 66.91 rank 5
57TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.88 4.76 4.20 20.55 Strong Rep - 68.12 rank 5
57TIE Murkowski, Lisa R AK 8.97 4.76 25.56 9.59 Leaning Rep - 64.36 rank 5
57TIE Paul, Rand R KY 6.52 4.76 7.15 5.63 Strong Rep - 63.48 rank 5
57TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 4.76 4.76 8.22 8.22 Leaning Rep - 68.57 rank 5
57TIE Thune, John R SD 3.75 4.76 5.90 5.48 Leaning Rep - 69.58 rank 5
57TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 4.76 4.76 2.74 2.74 Swing - 71.91 rank 5
57TIE Toomey, Pat R PA 3.49 4.76 6.49 4.11 Leaning Dem - 76.51 rank 5
69TIE Barrasso, John R WY 1.00 0.00 3.01 5.48 Strong Rep - 69.00 rank 5
69TIE Boozman, John R AR 2.19 0.00 6.46 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.81 rank 5
69TIE Cassidy, Bill R LA 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
69TIE Coats, Dan R IN 4.61 0.00 8.13 5.48 Leaning Rep - 68.72 rank 5
69TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.58 0.00 11.05 6.85 Strong Rep - 66.42 rank 5
69TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.41 0.00 3.48 6.94 Strong Rep - 68.59 rank 5
69TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
69TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 1.71 0.00 3.91 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.29 rank 5
69TIE Cruz, Ted R TX 3.06 0.00 2.09 3.28 Strong Rep - 66.94 rank 5
69TIE Daines, Steve R MT 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Leaning Rep - 73.33 rank 5
69TIE Enzi, Mike R WY 1.77 0.00 3.52 5.48 Strong Rep - 68.23 rank 5
69TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Swing - 76.67 rank 5
69TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.00 0.00 2.67 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
69TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.38 0.00 8.16 1.37 Swing - 71.29 rank 5
69TIE Hoeven, John R ND 4.80 0.00 13.61 1.37 Leaning Rep - 68.53 rank 5
69TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.84 0.00 3.13 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.16 rank 5
69TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.60 0.00 6.93 0.00 Leaning Rep - 71.73 rank 5
69TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 0.87 0.00 3.16 6.85 Leaning Dem - 79.13 rank 5
69TIE Lankford, James R OK 0.00 0.00 1.37 1.37 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
69TIE Lee, Mike R UT 6.17 0.00 4.75 1.56 Strong Rep - 63.83 rank 5
69TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 4.05 0.00 7.65 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.95 rank 5
69TIE Perdue, David R GA 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Leaning Rep - 73.33 rank 5
69TIE Risch, James R ID 0.55 0.00 2.58 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.45 rank 5
69TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.34 0.00 6.01 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.66 rank 5
69TIE Rubio, Marco R FL 2.71 0.00 7.62 1.92 Swing - 73.96 rank 5
69TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
69TIE Scott, Tim R SC 0.96 0.00 1.37 0.00 Leaning Rep - 72.37 rank 5
69TIE Sessions, Jeff R AL 2.39 0.00 4.36 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.61 rank 5
69TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 6.96 0.00 11.53 0.00 Strong Rep - 63.04 rank 5
69TIE Sullivan, Dan R AK 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Leaning Rep - 73.33 rank 5
69TIE Vitter, David R LA 4.46 0.00 6.08 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.54 rank 5
69TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.57 0.00 9.42 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.43 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. A 5 star 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 a 1 star 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 1/20/09 Raul Grijalva (Dem – Arizona 7th) had a Lifetime Crucial Votes score of 96.77%. 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 96.77% (actual) and you get 13.44% which puts him in first place among all Democrats in the House and in fact among all House members in general. So Representative Grijalva is the best example of Nice!

    Conversely Joe Donnelly (Dem – Indiana 2nd) has a Lifetime Crucial Votes Score of 33.33%. We have him in a Leaning Democratic district where the minimum Lifetime Crucial Votes score to be acceptable is 80.00%. Subtract 80.00% (minimum desired) from 33.33% (actual) and you get -46.67%. In other words Donnelly is failing, and by a lot.

The “Rating” column with the 1 – 5 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 = 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)