Reid tied with eight others as most liberal senator

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is tied with eight others as the most liberal member of the Senate, according to a ranking released Friday.

Reid's ranking represents a jump from the the 2009 list, which had him as the 22nd most liberal senator. In the 2008 rankings he was the 25th most liberal.

National Journal released its rankings of 2010's most liberal lawmakers on Friday. On Thursday, it released rankings for the most conservative members of Congress. For both the most liberal and most conservative members, the composite score margin between the House and the Senate was about the same. In general, House members are further from the middle than their Senate counterparts.

For the most liberal members of Congress, Reid and the eight other senators tied for first place with a score of 83.3 and the three other senators in the top 10 (who were tied for 10th place) scored 80.8. The scores are based on voting records.

By contrast, the seven representatives tied for first place had a score of 96.7.  The margin was roughly the same for the most conservative members of Congress.

Twelve senators made the top 10 (based on their composite score). See the rankings below:

Senate

1st. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) — 83.3
1st. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — 83.3
1st. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — 83.3
1st. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — 83.3
1st. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) — 83.3
1st. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — 83.3
1st. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — 83.3
1st. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) — 83.3
1st. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)— 83.3
10th. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — 80.8
10th. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — 80.8
10th. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) — 80.8

House

1st. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) — 96.7
1st. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) — 96.7
1st. John Lewis (D-Ga.) — 96.7
1st. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — 96.7
1st. John Olver (D-Mass.) — 96.7
1st. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) — 96.7
1st. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) — 96.7
8th. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) — 95.3
8th. George Miller (D-Calif.) — 95.3
8th. James McGovern (D-Mass.) — 95.3

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