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Methodology
Congressional scorecards at That's My Congress are generated from observations of roll call voting and bill cosponsorship behavior during the 112th Congress.

The Liberal Action Score for a member of Congress is calculated as the percentage of a slate of possible liberal actions that were actually taken by that member. The liberal standard for judging bills is defined according to these conditions:
  • Respect for constitutional protections of American civil liberty
  • Transparency and public access in government
  • Equal treatment of people under law
  • The respect and pursuit of empirical knowledge through support for science and education
  • Protection of the Earth's environmental richness
  • Strengthening of economic opportunity for all
  • Pursuit of peaceful solutions and opposition to militarism in policy


The Conservative Action Score for a member of Congress is calculated as percentage of a slate of possible conservative actions that were actually taken by that member. The conservative standard for judging bills is defined according to these conditions:
  • Disregard for constitutional protections of American civil liberty
  • Secrecy and exclusion of citizens from government
  • Support for discriminatory policy
  • The symbolic denigration and practical undermining of science and education in America
  • Active harm to the environment or passive allowance for environmental destruction
  • Pursuit of further advantage for those in America who are already its richest
  • Dismissal of peaceful possibilities and obeiscance to the military-industrial complex


The Net Conservative Score for a member is calculated as the Liberal Action Score minus the Conservative Action Score, resulting in a number ranging from -100 (an absolute and total congressional conservative) to +100 (an absolute and total congressional liberal).

If you see no Senators listed within an ideological category, this is not a typographical error. Rather, it indicates that no Senators have met the standard described for that category.

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Recent news from Capitol Hill on the activities of the U.S. Senate:

A Warning About Big Brother On The Phone
Last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave a warning to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Big Brother is listening. Kucinich was talking about the passage of H.R. 5949, a bill that extends the FISA Amendments Act for 5 more years, without any reform. Kucinich said, "Think of what it's like to make a phone call, any one of us right now. We make a phone call--even from this Capitol - to call a friend overseas, start talking about matters relating to what's happening in America, what's happening in the... [more]

Ron Paul Speaks Out Against Renewal Of FISA Amendments Act
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5949, a bill extending the FISA Amendments Act for 5 more years - months beyond the end of what is presumed will be the second term of Barack Obama in the White House. Before the vote on the bill, former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his current term, stood up to speak out against its passage. His comments were as follows: more]

Is Scott Brown Really So Bipartisan? In Voting, Yes.
In a previous post, That's My Congress took a look at Senate cosponsorship records of the 112th Congress. We found that Republican Senator Scott Brown was rather strongly inclined to sign on in support the legislation of Democrats (a full 61.7% of his cosponsorships), while Democratic Senator John Kerry was only mildly... [more]

Is Scott Brown Really So Bipartisan? In Cosponsorships, Yes.
In this past weekend's Boston Globe, columnist Glen Johnson quotes Senator Scott Brown's claim to bipartisanship:
"The problem with Washington is that people down there are constantly battling. That's not how I operate.... I'll work with anyone to get things done. That is the type of senator I've been: open to good ideas, no matter who brings them forward."
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Congress Preparing To Extend Electronic Spy Dragnet For Five More Years
It's not an official piece of legislation registered with the Library of Congress yet, but this week, in a secret meeting, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the advancement of a bill that, if signed into law, will extend the FISA Amendments Act by five years. The legislation will be named The... [more]

XL Pipeline Push For 2 Months Unemployment A Terrible Exchange
The XL pipeline is a proposed project to lay a giant tube across the middle of the United States like a belt, a conduit for thick crude oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands flowing south across the Ogllala Aquifer all the way down to Texas, where the oil can be refined in order to be sold for burning. Current environmental protections clearly forbid such a project, but corporations from the fossil fuels industry have been pushing the Obama White House to create special waivers of those protections... [more]

They Voted To Throw Americans In Prison Without Charge: Target These Senators In 2012
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate had one final opportunity to defeat the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540). The NDAA grants the federal government the power to seize Americans and throw them into prison without trial for as long as it likes, on the mere accusation that the Americans imprisoned are somehow associated with a terrorist organization. The accusation does not need to be substantiated with evidence. So, in essence the NDAA gives the federal government the power to imprison... [more]

Indefinite Imprisonment Roll Call of Shame: Only Sanders, 6 Democrats and 6 GOP Stand Up
Today, both the Republican and Democratic political parties lost the right to claim that they stand for freedom, justice and the American way. arbitrary imprisonment without criminal chargeIn the U.S. Senate this afternoon, there came to the floor a terrible bill for a final vote. This bill, H.R. 1540,... [more]

Pete DeFazio Takes On Wasteful Military Spending
Republicans like to talk in general terms about cutting government waste, but it's a congressional Democrat, Pete DeFazio, who has the guts to get specific. DeFazio is going after the single biggest source of wasteful spending in the federal government: The U.S. military. "This year," DeFazio explained on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, "the Pentagon will spend $670 billion, about $2 million... [more]

Americans Elect Mischaracterizes Bernie Sanders on Priorities and on Same-Sex Marriage
Americans Elect doesn't call it a ratings system or a "National Match" anymore, but the information that constituted its ratings for hundreds of possible presidential candidates is still there. That rating information is still being used to characterize presidential candidates as the initial vote to pick its presidential nominee creeps ever closer, now just 124 days away. And that information is still plagued with error:

Profiles and Contact Information for Members of the Senate in the 112th Congress


House Profiles: Overall | By State | By Name
Senate Scorecards: Overall | By State | By Name
Click here for descriptions of the bills used to determine Senate scores

Senator Daniel Akaka (Democrat of Hawaii). Liberal Action Score: 69/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-6361 / Contact online
Senator Lamar Alexander (Republican of Tennessee). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-4944 / Contact online
Senator Kelly Ayotte (Republican of New Hampshire). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-3324 / Contact online
Senator John Barrasso (Republican of Wyoming). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 81/100. Phone: 202-224-6441 / Contact online
Senator Max Baucus (Democrat of Montana). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-2651 / Contact online
Senator Mark Begich (Democrat of Alaska). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-3004 / Contact online
Senator Michael Bennet (Democrat of Colorado). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-5852 / Contact online
Senator Jeff Bingaman (Democrat of New Mexico). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-5521 / Contact online
Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat of Connecticut). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-2823 / Contact online
Senator Roy Blunt (Republican of Missouri). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-5721 / Contact online
Senator John Boozman (Republican of Arkansas). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 81/100. Phone: 202-224-4843 / Contact online
Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat of California). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-3553 / Contact online
Senator Sherrod Brown (Democrat of Ohio). Liberal Action Score: 88/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-2315 / Contact online
Senator Scott Brown (Republican of Massachusetts). Liberal Action Score: 19/100, Conservative Action Score: 44/100. Phone: 202-224-4543 / Contact online
Senator Richard Burr (Republican of North Carolina). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-3154 / Contact online
Senator Maria Cantwell (Democrat of Washington). Liberal Action Score: 69/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-3441 / Contact online
Senator Benjamin Cardin (Democrat of Maryland). Liberal Action Score: 75/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-4524 / Contact online
Senator Thomas Carper (Democrat of Delaware). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-2441 / Contact online
Senator Robert Casey (Democrat of Pennsylvania). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-4254 / Contact online
Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican of Georgia). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-3643 / Contact online
Senator Daniel Coats (Republican of Indiana). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-5623 / Contact online
Senator Thomas Coburn (Republican of Oklahoma). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-5754 / Contact online
Senator Thad Cochran (Republican of Mississippi). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-5054 / Contact online
Senator Susan Collins (Republican of Maine). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 44/100. Phone: 202-224-2523 / Contact online
Senator Kent Conrad (Democrat of North Dakota). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-2043 / Contact online
Senator Chris Coons (Democrat of Delaware). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-5042 / Contact online
Senator Bob Corker (Republican of Tennessee). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 56/100. Phone: 202-224-3344 / Contact online
Senator John Cornyn (Republican of Texas). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-2934 / Contact online
Senator Mike Crapo (Republican of Idaho). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-6142 / Contact online
Senator Jim DeMint (Republican of South Carolina). Liberal Action Score: 13/100, Conservative Action Score: 44/100. Phone: 202-224-6121 / Contact online
Senator Richard Durbin (Democrat of Illinois). Liberal Action Score: 88/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-2152 / Contact online
Senator Michael Enzi (Republican of Wyoming). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 81/100. Phone: 202-224-3424 / Contact online
Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat of California). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-3841 / Contact online
Senator Al Franken (Democrat of Minnesota). Liberal Action Score: 75/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-5641 / Contact online
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat of New York). Liberal Action Score: 69/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-4451 / Contact online
Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican of South Carolina). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-5972 / Contact online
Senator Charles Grassley (Republican of Iowa). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-3744 / Contact online
Senator Kay Hagan (Democrat of North Carolina). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-6342 / Contact online
Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat of Iowa). Liberal Action Score: 94/100, Conservative Action Score: 0/100. Phone: 202-224-3254 / Contact online
Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican of Utah). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-5251 / Contact online
Senator Dean Heller (Republican of Nevada). Liberal Action Score: 13/100, Conservative Action Score: 56/100. Phone: 202-224-6244 / Contact online
Senator John Hoeven (Republican of North Dakota). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 81/100. Phone: 202-224-2551 / Contact online
Senator Kay Hutchison (Republican of Texas). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-5922 / Contact online
Senator James Inhofe (Republican of Oklahoma). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 81/100. Phone: 202-224-4721 / Contact online
Senator Daniel Inouye (Democrat of Hawaii). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-3934 / Contact online
Senator Johnny Isakson (Republican of Georgia). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-3521 / Contact online
Senator Mike Johanns (Republican of Nebraska). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-4224 / Contact online
Senator Tim Johnson (Democrat of South Dakota). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-5842 / Contact online
Senator Ron Johnson (Republican of Wisconsin). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-5323 / Contact online
Senator John Kerry (Democrat of Massachusetts). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-2742 / Contact online
Senator Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois). Liberal Action Score: 13/100, Conservative Action Score: 31/100. Phone: 202-224-2854 / Contact online
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat of Minnesota). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-3244 / Contact online
Senator Herb Kohl (Democrat of Wisconsin). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-5653 / Contact online
Senator Jon Kyl (Republican of Arizona). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-4521 / Contact online
Senator Mary Landrieu (Democrat of Louisiana). Liberal Action Score: 25/100, Conservative Action Score: 38/100. Phone: 202-224-5824 / Contact online
Senator Frank Lautenberg (Democrat of New Jersey). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-3224 / Contact online
Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat of Vermont). Liberal Action Score: 75/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-4242 / Contact online
Senator Mike Lee (Republican of Utah). Liberal Action Score: 31/100, Conservative Action Score: 38/100. Phone: 202-224-5444 / Contact online
Senator Carl Levin (Democrat of Michigan). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-6221 / Contact online
Senator Joseph Lieberman (Independent of Connecticut). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 31/100. Phone: 202-224-4041 / Contact online
Senator Richard Lugar (Republican of Indiana). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-4814 / Contact online
Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat of West Virginia). Liberal Action Score: 31/100, Conservative Action Score: 31/100. Phone: 202-224-3954 / Contact online
Senator John McCain (Republican of Arizona). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 56/100. Phone: 202-224-2235 / Contact online
Senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat of Missouri). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-6154 / Contact online
Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 56/100. Phone: 202-224-2541 / Contact online
Senator Robert Menendez (Democrat of New Jersey). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-4744 / Contact online
Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat of Oregon). Liberal Action Score: 94/100, Conservative Action Score: 0/100. Phone: 202-224-3753 / Contact online
Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democrat of Maryland). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-4654 / Contact online
Senator Jerry Moran (Republican of Kansas). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-6521 / Contact online
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Republican of Alaska). Liberal Action Score: 19/100, Conservative Action Score: 50/100. Phone: 202-224-6665 / Contact online
Senator Patty Murray (Democrat of Washington). Liberal Action Score: 81/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-2621 / Contact online
Senator Bill Nelson (Democrat of Florida). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-5274 / Contact online
Senator Ben Nelson (Democrat of Nebraska). Liberal Action Score: 25/100, Conservative Action Score: 44/100. Phone: 202-224-6551 / Contact online
Senator Rand Paul (Republican of Kentucky). Liberal Action Score: 25/100, Conservative Action Score: 50/100. Phone: 202-224-4343 / Contact online
Senator Robert Portman (Republican of Ohio). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-3353 / Contact online
Senator Mark Pryor (Democrat of Arkansas). Liberal Action Score: 31/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-2353 / Contact online
Senator Jack Reed (Democrat of Rhode Island). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-4642 / Contact online
Senator Harry Reid (Democrat of Nevada). Liberal Action Score: 31/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-3542 / Contact online
Senator James Risch (Republican of Idaho). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-2752 / Contact online
Senator Pat Roberts (Republican of Kansas). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-4774 / Contact online
Senator John Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia). Liberal Action Score: 50/100, Conservative Action Score: 31/100. Phone: 202-224-6472 / Contact online
Senator Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 69/100. Phone: 202-224-3041 / Contact online
Senator Bernard Sanders (Independent of Vermont). Liberal Action Score: 94/100, Conservative Action Score: 0/100. Phone: 202-224-5141 / Contact online
Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat of New York). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-6542 / Contact online
Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican of Alabama). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-4124 / Contact online
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat of New Hampshire). Liberal Action Score: 63/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-2841 / Contact online
Senator Richard Shelby (Republican of Alabama). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 50/100. Phone: 202-224-5744 / Contact online
Senator Olympia Snowe (Republican of Maine). Liberal Action Score: 25/100, Conservative Action Score: 44/100. Phone: 202-224-5344 / Contact online
Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat of Michigan). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 31/100. Phone: 202-224-4822 / Contact online
Senator Jon Tester (Democrat of Montana). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-2644 / Contact online
Senator John Thune (Republican of South Dakota). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-2321 / Contact online
Senator Pat Toomey (Republican of Pennsylvania). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 63/100. Phone: 202-224-4254 / Contact online
Senator Tom Udall (Democrat of New Mexico). Liberal Action Score: 75/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-6621 / Contact online
Senator Mark Udall (Democrat of Colorado). Liberal Action Score: 69/100, Conservative Action Score: 13/100. Phone: 202-224-5941 / Contact online
Senator David Vitter (Republican of Louisiana). Liberal Action Score: 6/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-4623 / Contact online
Senator Mark Warner (Democrat of Virginia). Liberal Action Score: 38/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-2023 / Contact online
Senator Jim Webb (Democrat of Virginia). Liberal Action Score: 44/100, Conservative Action Score: 19/100. Phone: 202-224-4024 / Contact online
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat of Rhode Island). Liberal Action Score: 56/100, Conservative Action Score: 25/100. Phone: 202-224-2921 / Contact online
Senator Roger Wicker (Republican of Mississippi). Liberal Action Score: 0/100, Conservative Action Score: 75/100. Phone: 202-224-6253 / Contact online
Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat of Oregon). Liberal Action Score: 81/100, Conservative Action Score: 6/100. Phone: 202-224-5244 / Contact online