Influence Peddlers

Political Insider has a post on the influence of each state’s delegation in Congress. They say that Georgia has more influence than Arkansas and Puerto Rico, but that’s about it.

Interestingly, inside the Georgia delegation Saxby Chambliss and Jack Kingston are the most influence, followed by John Linder and Johnny Isakson (come on Johnny, rock that boat!).

What should be extremely personally embarrassing for John Barrow is that he has the least influence — dude has less influence than Cynthia. That’s rather sad. Out of 435 House members, Barrow is ranked 430. Cynthia is ranked 408 with Jim Marshall at 407.

John, dude, buddy, that’s really pitiful. You can do better than that.


  1. Ok, I am a little bias…

    But of course Congressman Kingston carries influence around Washington. He’s the only Georgian on the Appropriations Committee and he is the fifth elected leader in the House.

    That being said, Georgia’s entire GOP delegation – from House to Senate – is very strong and has some great communicators. And of course, communications was NOT one of the metrics.

  2. Mojo says:

    In defence of the Dems who seem to have fallen to the bottom of the pack, I think this quote from that same article illustrates how this “score of influence” is very misleading.

    “Knowlegis spokesman James Vaughn said individual rankings of members of Congress were based on their position, seniority, and on their ability to change the course of legislation – whether through maneuverings on the floor or in the media.”

    Notice, the score is based upon their position, seniority and the “ability to change legislation.” John Barrow and John Marshall are relatively new to the House, and when Cynthia McKinney won her seat back after a two year hiatus, she was denied any seniority by House Dems. And, since the House is controlled by the GOP, it makes those who also lack seniority, like Westmoreland, have a higher score b/c it is easier to move legislation.

    That being said, this “score” is more of a reflection on the ineptness of Georgia Republicans. Some of the GOP Reps have been in the House for quite some time, Kingston and Linder for 13 years, and yet they can only manage to achieve a rank of 77th and 87th in the House? And, this is with the House being dominated by Republicans for about the same amount of time!

    But, Erick in his partisan zeal focuses on the low score of Georgia Dems with many of them new in a House dominated by the opposition party. He must not have looked at the scores when he implied that Chambliss and Isakson have the most influence. Hey, Erick, look at that far right number, Chambliss and Isakson are ranked at 64th and 84th out of the 100 senators. That really sucks. Actually, when you look at all the sorry scores, Kingston has the most influence ranking at 77th out of 435 Reps.

  3. Erick says:

    Now Mojo, in my partisan zeal, I’m only looking at John Barrow vs. Cynthia McKinney.

    Of course the majority party will have the most influence, save for those who have been there forever, e.g. John Lewis. But Barrow less than Cynthia is just sad.

  4. Ellis Wyatt says:

    So basically our Reps and Senators, Democrat and Republican, are disappointments and are doing a bad job for Georgians.

  5. George Allen 08 says:

    I like how Barrow finished behind the Delegate from Guam. That’s absolutely pathetic.

  6. zra says:

    you know what? linder should be put up further among that crowd. i’d support the fairtax any day of the week.

  7. McCain-Rice\'08 says:

    If this is true, It is Cynthia McKinney that brings us down…also don’t forget, we have many new people from Georgia to D.C…they need to be seasoned in to senoirty positions before we get real influence.

  8. Dignan says:


    Gotta disagree here. It isn’t a shame for a 1st term Congressman like Barrow to have little influence. If you look at this list, most of the members at the bottom are in their 1st term. They obviously are not going to get the good committee assignments. The big eye-opener here is McKinney. How can a 6 term member of Congress have so little influence? She ranks 408 out of 438. That is beyond pathetic and should be one of the big reasons to get rid of her.

  9. Demonbeck says:

    I wonder how much Kingston’s numbers will go up next year when he becomes a Cardinal in Approps and possibly a more important member of the House Leadership.

    As for Saxby and Johnny, we must also consider that both are Freshman Senators as well. To achieve the rank of 64th in four years and 84th in two is actually pretty remarkable.

    On the flip side, the fact that Norwood and Deal are ranked relatively low is disappointing.

  10. Mojo says:


    The reason that McKinney is so low is that she is treated as a 1st term Rep. After her two year hiatus, when Majette held the 4th District spot, she returned to the House only to be denied any seniority she once possessed.

  11. Dignan says:

    Mojo: no, the reason McKinney is so low is because she is a nutjob who does nothing. There have been cases like McKinney where someone came back after missing a term and were given their old committee seats back with seniority. But because McKinney alienates everyone around her, the Democrats were not willing to show her any love. And for good reason.

  12. Demonbeck says:

    Why are we even discussing her? Apparently, she ain’t got no clout. Let’s leave this blog to the important decision makers like…well, apparently, non-Georgians

  13. gopdoc says:

    One more reason we need Reed. He can get his phone calls returned and help us in DC.

    They probably don’t even know who Cagle is up there.

  14. McCain-Rice\'08 says:

    GOPDOC…the Congressesmen and Senators are trying their very best to prove they have absolutley no connections to Jack Ambramoff…they would be dumb to be heavily connected to Ralph Reed, who was Jack Abromoff’s best business partner…get real, no one in their right mind in DC would touch Ralph with a 10ft poll.

  15. McCain-Rice\'08 says:

    Plus what does “Reed’s Connection to Congress” have any thing to do with this open thread….are you that desperate to talk about the Lt. Gov’s race..If I didnt know any better Id say you are Debbie with an alias LOL, or are you??

  16. Demonbeck says:


    Contrary to popular belief amongst the Reed crowd, Lieutenant Governor is not a federal position. Ralph’s thoughts on federal issues really don’t matter. His federal connections (ie: those he has not yet stabbed in the back or worked with or are on their way to jail) will be gone two years after he is elected. Even if he has not burned his bridges completely, do you really think they are going to want to be associated with someone with the baggage that RR has? I don’t know what you are smoking, but I hope it is perscription.

    The truth of the matter is that the opinion of an LG means absolute sh*t in DC.

  17. atlantaman says:

    The reason Cynthia has no clout is because the majority of Congress is filled with racist, rich white people who made all their money of the backs of the poor.

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