Inside Michigan Politics 2016 Senate Rankings: Hood Most Liberal, Green Most Conservative


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Inside Michigan Politics has done it again, calculating the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative members of the state Senate for 2016. Before the election, IMP released its state House rankings.

Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) is the Most Liberal senator for 2016 with an 87% liberal voting record. He’s dethroned Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), who broke all IMP records by winning the title in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) is the runner up with an 86.2% liberal voting record. Warren and Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) tied for third with 83.3% records.

The 2016 Most Conservative title is held by Sen. Mike Green (R-Mayville) who only voted liberal 22.2% of the time. Coming in second was Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) with a 23.3% liberal record. And Sens. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) and Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc) tied for third with 30% liberal voting records.

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. The rankings are based on 30 litmus test roll-call votes in the state Senate this year.

For the IMP rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 39 members of the Senate in 2016. That list is available to subscribers in our December 14, 2016, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators from 2009 to 2015, is available at