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Sen. Inhofe Judged Most Conservative; Rep. Boren Most Liberal in National Journal Rankings

March 6, 2007

Among Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was judged the most conservative, and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren the most liberal. However Boren, the state’s lone Democratic representative, was ranked the most conservative Democratic member of the House of Representatives (with a slightly higher composite conservative score than liberal score). Boren’s voting record also rated more conservative than 11 GOP members for 2006.

In the U.S. Senate, Jim Inhofe was ranked eighth most conservative, with a composite conservative score of 89.3. Tom Coburn was ranked eighteenth most conservative, with a composite conservative score of 78.8. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was ranked the senate’s most liberal member, with a composite conservative score of 4.8. Durbin was followed closely by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who garnered a composite conservative score of 5.

Among Oklahoma’s House members, Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan was ranked the state’s most conservative congressman and 27th most conservative member of the House, with a composite conservative score of 87.7. As for the rest of the Oklahoma House delegation, here’s how they lined up, from conservative to liberal: Sullivan, Ernest Istook (38th most conservative, composite conservative score of 86.3); Frank Lucas (42nd most conservative, composite conservative score of 85.3), Tom Cole (96th most conservative, composite conservative score of 78.7); and Dan Boren (219th most conservative, composite conservative score of 50.8).

The rankings are based on 103 House votes and 82 Senate votes in 2006, on economic, social and foreign policy. The composite conservative score means that the member voted more conservative than that percentage of his or her colleagues. A score of 85 on the conservative scale, for example, means that the senator was more conservative than 85% of his or her Senate colleagues on key votes during 2006.

For a full breakdown of the 2006 ratings and an analysis of the votes used as criteria, please click here.

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