Georgia Republicans among the most conservative in Congress
One of the most influential conservative organizations in the country just released their annual scorecard, ranking members of Congress based on their voting record. Georgia's red voting base should be pleased: several Peach State lawmakers have been named among the most conservative in the nation.
The American Conservative Union (ACU), which is best known for organizing CPAC's annual gathering, is the country’s largest and oldest conservative organization. Their latest report honors Georgia Senator David Perdue and Congressmen Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Doug Collins, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, and Austin Scott with an "Award for Conservative Excellence," as they each received scores above 90 percent.
Former Reps. Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Price also received some of the ACU's highest marks.
The grade is calculated based on votes for certain bills that the ACU deems as promoting “life, liberty, and property.” In 2016, that meant supporting tort reform, the repeal of Obamacare and defunding of Planned Parenthood through a budget reconciliation bill, and opposing the closing of Guantanamo (among many other measures).
GOP Reps. Tom Graves and Rob Woodall, who scored 84 percent and 88 percent respectively, were also recognized for their conservative record. Based on Ronald Reagan’s principle that, “the person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally,” lawmakers who received a score of 80% or higher were honored for "conservative achievement."
According to the Conservative Union, the average score of a Republican in the Senate is 75 percent. In the House of Representatives, that number jumps to 82 percent.
Newly-elected Rep. Drew Ferguson was not included in 2016's scorecard.
Check out the ACU's full report here.