Rand Paul and Geoff Davis were Ky.'s most conservative congressional members in '12, group says

01/30/2013 10:31 AM

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was the most conservative Kentuckian in Congress in 2012 — and had the fourth highest score in Washington, according to the Heritage Action For America scorecard.

Paul received a 96 percent from the group, which scored each U.S. senator and representative according to their votes, which bills they co-sponsored and other legislative activity. Only Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads the Heritage Foundation, scored higher than Paul.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell scored a 76 percent — one percentage point higher than Paul’s father, former presidential candidate Ron Paul, who retired from the U.S. House in December. McConnell’s wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, works for the Heritage Foundation, the sister organization of Heritage Action.

McConnell has come under fire from tea party groups for not being conservative enough.

The group’s average rating for Senate Republicans was 75 percent compared to 8 percent for Senate Democrats.

In the U.S. House, all four of Kentucky’s Republican congressmen last year scored below the House Republican average of 67 percent. Former Congressman Geoff Davis, a Republican from Northern Kentucky’s 4th District, had the highest rating in Kentucky’s House delegation of 64 percent. Davis resigned from Congress in July and has resumed his consulting and lobbying business with lobbyist Hunter Bates.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville’s 3rd District scored the lowest at 13 percent. The average for House Democrats was 17 percent.

Here are the other rankings:
KY-01 Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville ……….. 51%
KY-02 Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green …… 56%
KY-05 Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset ……………. 54%
KY-06 *Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles ……….. 21%

(* No longer in Congress).

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