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For the fifth straight year, state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is the chamber’s “Most Liberal” member. No other senator has achieved that feat in the almost three decades Inside Michigan Politics has been tracking votes.
IMP has compiled the definitive rankings of the “Most Liberal and Most Conservative” members of the state Senate for 2015. The rankings are based on 31 litmus test roll-call votes this year.
Warren posted a 93.3% liberal voting record, and was followed by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) with 90.3%. Sens. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) and Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) tied for third place with 90% liberal voting records.
In 2014, now-Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was the runner-up, with Gregory and then-Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) tied for third.
For 2015, Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) notched a 0% liberal voting record, earning him the “Most Conservative” title –– which he also captured in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hune has the distinction of being the only legislator of the 148 serving this year in either the state House or Senate to post a perfect record –– be it conservative or liberal.
Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) had the second-most conservative voting record in 2015 with a 3.23% liberal record. Sens. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) and John Proos (R-St. Joseph) tied for third, with each scoring a 6.45%.
In 2014, Sens. Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland) were both “Most Conservative.” Hune placed second and Colbeck and Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) tied for third.
For IMP’s 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 38 members of the Senate in 2015. That list is available to subscribers in our forthcoming edition.
The list of the top three “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” senators from 2009 to 2014 is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com