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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 insidemichiganpolitics.com.

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Inside Michigan Politics 2015 Senate Rankings: Warren Most Liberal for 5th Straight Year, Hune Most Conservative

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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

Inside Michigan Politics 2015 House Rankings: Courser, Gamrat Most Conservative; Garrett Most Liberal

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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

Inside Michigan Politics 2014 Senate Rankings: Warren Most Liberal, Brandenburg, Moolenaar 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 2014. Last week, IMP released its state House rankings.

Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is the Most Liberal senator for 2014 with a 96.67% liberal voting record. Warren has made history; she’s the only senator to be Most Liberal for all four years of her term (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was the runner-up with a 96.30% liberal voting record. Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and Sen. Vince Gregory (D-Southfield) tied for third with 93.33%.

The Most Conservative title is held by two men: Sens. Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland), who had 6.67% liberal voting records.

The second-place finisher is Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) with a 10.00% liberal voting record. Sens. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) and Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) tied for third with 13.33%.

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 38 members of the Senate in 2014. That list is available to subscribers in our Sept. 30, 2014, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators from 2009 to 2013, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.

Inside Michigan Politics 2014 House Rankings

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Irwin, Roberts Most Liberal
McMillin, Franz, Lund Most Conservative

The 2014 election is a little more than six weeks away, and Inside Michigan Politics has the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative members of the House of Representatives.

Three Republicans hold the title of Most Conservative this year: Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), Ray Franz (R-Onekama) and Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.). They each posted a 7.14% liberal voting record.

Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-Kewadin) had the second-most conservative voting record with 7.69%. There was a six-way tie for third place (10.71%) between Reps. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey), Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center), Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck), Ken Goike (R-Ray Twp), Joel Johnson (R-Clare) and Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton).

Foster was the lone member of the Legislature to lose in the August primary, where even having the third-most conservative voting record wasn’t enough to save him from a challenge from the right.

Two Democrats tied for Most Liberal in 2014: Reps. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clare Shores). They both had 92.86% liberal voting records.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) had the second-most liberal voting record with 89.29%. Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) came in third with 85.71%.

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. The rankings are based on 28 litmus test roll-call votes in the state House of Representatives 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 110 members of the state House in 2014. That list is available to subscribers in our Sept. 22, 2014, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative House members from 2009 to 2013, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.