Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 House Rankings: Rabhi Most Liberal, Noble Most Conservative

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State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) is Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 “Most Liberal” House member with an 87.5% liberal voting record. And state Rep. Jeff Noble (R-Plymouth) is the conservative champ, voting liberal only 18.8% of the time.

IMP has calculated the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators for more than 25 years. IMP released its state Senate rankings earlier this month.

On the liberal side, state Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids tied for second place with their 84.4% liberal records. And it was a three-way tie for third between Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Rose Mary Robinson (D-Detroit), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park). They each turned in 81.3% liberal scores.

There was another tie for second place amongst conservatives, with state Reps. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) and Sue Allor (R-Wolverine) winning the honor by only voting liberal 21.9% of the time. Third prize was split 14 ways between Reps. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell); Tom Barrett (R-Potterville); Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing); Lee Chatfield (R-Levering); Gary Glenn (R-Midland); Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron); Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton); Beau LeFave (R-Iron Mountain); Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph); Eric Leutheuser (R-Hillsdale); Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston); Lana Theis (R-Brighton); Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville); and Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.). They each posted 25% liberal scores.

The rankings are based on 32 litmus test roll-call votes in the state House 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 111 members who took votes in the state House 2017. That list is available to subscribers in our December 19, 2017, edition.

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