Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 Senate Rankings: Hood Most Liberal, MacGregor Most Conservative

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State Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) is the Most Liberal senator for the second straight year in Inside Michigan Politics’ annual rankings with an 88.9% liberal voting record. State Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) is the 2017 “Most Conservative” champ, having only voted liberal 19.4% of the time on key roll call votes.

Inside Michigan Politics has calculated the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators for more than 25 years. IMP also will release its state House rankings this month.

Placing second on the liberal side was state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) with an 83.9% liberal record. She has the distinction of being the only senator to notch five straight “Most Liberal” wins --- in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 --- but Hood snapped her streak in 2016. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) was third, voting liberal 83.3% of the time.

On the conservative side of the spectrum, there was a three-way tie for second-most conservative senator between Sens. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart), Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) and Jim Stamas (R-Midland), who each voted liberal 22.6% of the time. Third place was an eight-way tie between Sens. Darwin Booher (R-Evart); Joe Hune (R-Hamburg); Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy); Mike Kowall (R-White Lake); Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion); Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive); John Proos (R-St. Joseph); and Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc). They each had 25.8% liberal records.

The rankings are based on 31 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 38 members of the Senate in 2017. That list is available to subscribers in our December 11, 2017, edition.

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