That's My Congress Profiles of United States Senators in the 112th Congress.


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:

Progressive Rankings and Contact Information for Members of the Senate in the 112th Congress
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Follow the links below to find your Senators' profiles, containing liberal and conservative scores, contact information, news on their legislative behavior, and links to uncover campaign contribution secrets:

Strong Liberals. The following Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between 70 and 100:

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Liberal Score: 94/100 Conservative Score: 0/100 Net Score: 94 Phone: 202-224-3254 Contact online
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Liberal Score: 94/100 Conservative Score: 0/100 Net Score: 94 Phone: 202-224-3753 Contact online
Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) Liberal Score: 94/100 Conservative Score: 0/100 Net Score: 94 Phone: 202-224-5141 Contact online
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Liberal Score: 88/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 81 Phone: 202-224-2315 Contact online
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) Liberal Score: 88/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 81 Phone: 202-224-2152 Contact online
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Liberal Score: 81/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 75 Phone: 202-224-2621 Contact online
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Liberal Score: 81/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 75 Phone: 202-224-5244 Contact online

Somewhat Liberal. The following Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between 40 and 69:

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) Liberal Score: 75/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 69 Phone: 202-224-5641 Contact online
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) Liberal Score: 75/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 69 Phone: 202-224-6621 Contact online
Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) Liberal Score: 75/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 63 Phone: 202-224-4524 Contact online
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Liberal Score: 75/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 63 Phone: 202-224-4242 Contact online
Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) Liberal Score: 69/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 56 Phone: 202-224-6361 Contact online
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Liberal Score: 69/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 56 Phone: 202-224-3441 Contact online
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) Liberal Score: 69/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 56 Phone: 202-224-5941 Contact online
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-5521 Contact online
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-3553 Contact online
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-5042 Contact online
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Liberal Score: 69/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-4451 Contact online
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-3224 Contact online
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-4744 Contact online
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 6/100 Net Score: 50 Phone: 202-224-2644 Contact online
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 44 Phone: 202-224-5852 Contact online
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 44 Phone: 202-224-3841 Contact online
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 44 Phone: 202-224-4654 Contact online
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 44 Phone: 202-224-6542 Contact online
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Liberal Score: 63/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 44 Phone: 202-224-2841 Contact online

Weakly Liberal. The following Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between 20 and 39:

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 13/100 Net Score: 38 Phone: 202-224-2651 Contact online
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 38 Phone: 202-224-3004 Contact online
Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 38 Phone: 202-224-4254 Contact online
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 38 Phone: 202-224-2742 Contact online
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 31 Phone: 202-224-2823 Contact online
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 31 Phone: 202-224-6154 Contact online
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Liberal Score: 56/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 31 Phone: 202-224-2921 Contact online
Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-2441 Contact online
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-6342 Contact online
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-3244 Contact online
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-5653 Contact online
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-6221 Contact online
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-4642 Contact online
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 25 Phone: 202-224-4024 Contact online

The Mushy Middle. These Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between -19 and +19:

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-2043 Contact online
Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-3934 Contact online
Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-5842 Contact online
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-5274 Contact online
Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) Liberal Score: 50/100 Conservative Score: 31/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-6472 Contact online
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 19 Phone: 202-224-2023 Contact online
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) Liberal Score: 44/100 Conservative Score: 31/100 Net Score: 13 Phone: 202-224-4041 Contact online
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Liberal Score: 31/100 Conservative Score: 19/100 Net Score: 13 Phone: 202-224-3542 Contact online
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) Liberal Score: 31/100 Conservative Score: 25/100 Net Score: 6 Phone: 202-224-2353 Contact online
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 31/100 Net Score: 6 Phone: 202-224-4822 Contact online
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Liberal Score: 31/100 Conservative Score: 31/100 Net Score: 0 Phone: 202-224-3954 Contact online
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) Liberal Score: 38/100 Conservative Score: 44/100 Net Score: -6 Phone: 202-224-2523 Contact online
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) Liberal Score: 31/100 Conservative Score: 38/100 Net Score: -6 Phone: 202-224-5444 Contact online
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Liberal Score: 25/100 Conservative Score: 38/100 Net Score: -13 Phone: 202-224-5824 Contact online
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Liberal Score: 13/100 Conservative Score: 31/100 Net Score: -19 Phone: 202-224-2854 Contact online
Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Liberal Score: 25/100 Conservative Score: 44/100 Net Score: -19 Phone: 202-224-6551 Contact online
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) Liberal Score: 25/100 Conservative Score: 44/100 Net Score: -19 Phone: 202-224-5344 Contact online

Milquetoast Conservatives. The following Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between -20 and -39:

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) Liberal Score: 19/100 Conservative Score: 44/100 Net Score: -25 Phone: 202-224-4543 Contact online
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Liberal Score: 25/100 Conservative Score: 50/100 Net Score: -25 Phone: 202-224-4343 Contact online
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) Liberal Score: 13/100 Conservative Score: 44/100 Net Score: -31 Phone: 202-224-6121 Contact online
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Liberal Score: 19/100 Conservative Score: 50/100 Net Score: -31 Phone: 202-224-6665 Contact online

Reddening Conservatives. These Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between -40 and -69:

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) Liberal Score: 13/100 Conservative Score: 56/100 Net Score: -44 Phone: 202-224-6244 Contact online
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 50/100 Net Score: -44 Phone: 202-224-5744 Contact online
Senator Thomas Coburn (R-OK) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-5754 Contact online
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 56/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-3344 Contact online
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-6142 Contact online
Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-4224 Contact online
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-4814 Contact online
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 56/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-2235 Contact online
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 56/100 Net Score: -56 Phone: 202-224-2541 Contact online
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-4944 Contact online
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-5054 Contact online
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-5972 Contact online
Senator Kay Hutchison (R-TX) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-5922 Contact online
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-3521 Contact online
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-6521 Contact online
Senator Robert Portman (R-OH) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-3353 Contact online
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-4124 Contact online
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 63/100 Net Score: -63 Phone: 202-224-4254 Contact online
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-3324 Contact online
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-3154 Contact online
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-3744 Contact online
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-5323 Contact online
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-4521 Contact online
Senator James Risch (R-ID) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-2752 Contact online
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-4774 Contact online
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 69/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-3041 Contact online
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) Liberal Score: 6/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -69 Phone: 202-224-4623 Contact online

Extremely Conservative. The following Senators have earned a Net Congressional Score between -70 and -100:

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-5721 Contact online
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-3643 Contact online
Senator Daniel Coats (R-IN) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-5623 Contact online
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-2934 Contact online
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-5251 Contact online
Senator John Thune (R-SD) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-2321 Contact online
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 75/100 Net Score: -75 Phone: 202-224-6253 Contact online
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 81/100 Net Score: -81 Phone: 202-224-6441 Contact online
Senator John Boozman (R-AR) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 81/100 Net Score: -81 Phone: 202-224-4843 Contact online
Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 81/100 Net Score: -81 Phone: 202-224-3424 Contact online
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 81/100 Net Score: -81 Phone: 202-224-2551 Contact online
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) Liberal Score: 0/100 Conservative Score: 81/100 Net Score: -81 Phone: 202-224-4721 Contact online