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Ex-state Reps. Todd Courser (R-Silverwood) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) frequently claimed to be the most conservative members of the House -- and their voting records back them up.
Inside Michigan Politics has compiled the definitive rankings of the “Most Liberal and Most Conservative” members of the House of Representatives for 2015. The rankings are based on 28 litmus test roll-call votes this year.
“Most Conservative” winners Courser and Gamrat both notched 4.8% liberal voting records. Following them is Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland) with a 7.1% liberal record. Reps. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) and Lana Theis (R-Brighton) tied for third by posting 10.7% liberal voting records.
In 2014, three Republicans tied for “Most Conservative”: Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), Ray Franz (R-Onekama) and Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.).
For 2015, freshman Rep. LaTanya Garrett is the “Most Liberal” House member, amassing a 96.4% liberal voting record.
There was a five-way tie for second place between Reps. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), Leslie Love (D-Detroit) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park). They all scored 92.9%. And Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) was third with a 92.6% liberal record.
In 2014, two Democrats tied for “Most Liberal”: Roberts and Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor).
Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. For the 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 110 members of the state House in 2015. That list is available to subscribers in our forthcoming edition.
The list of the top three “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” House members from 2009 to 2014 is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com