A little less than a year ago, Erick was giving Rep. John Barrow a tough time about his Congress.org power rating. Well, what a difference a year makes. Barrow has shot up the charts from #430 to #91. Rep. Jim Marshall, Georgia’s most powerful Congressman according to this organization, now ranks at #45.
By comparison, Rep. Jack Kingston’s highest ranking (in 2006) was #42, even though he had been in the body for 12 years. Now, Georgia’s most junior Congressman, Democratic Hank Johnson outranks all Republicans, including Kingston, clocking in at #186 to Kingston’s #220. I’m glad to see three of Georgia’s Democratic Congressmen ranked in the top 100 members in the body this year (also a first) but what I’m most interested in is how Georgia’s overall influence in the House has skyrocketed.
The AJC’s Political Insider reported last year that Georgia ranked #49, ahead of only Arkansas and Puerto Rico, which may I remind you isn’t even a state. Now that Democrats are in charge, and thanks to our delegation, Georgia’s influence has jumped from #49 to #36. That’s not bad, if you ask me. It also kind of makes you wonder — were Republicans using Georgia for votes without giving us any real respect or power? Georgia has become one of the most reliable Republican states on the federal and state level the last few years, and all we got for that was a thank you and #49. Sounds like Georgians were getting a raw deal.
It’s a good thing voters in the 8th and 12th didn’t listen to Mac and Max, or they’d be stuck now with two #425 range turkeys instead of two of the most influential legislators in Congress. Congress.org has the complete rankings. Here is Georgia’s page.