Major Conservative Group Ranks Congressman Tom Graves No. 1 in Georgia Delegation

January 28, 2013 16:30 pm

by Nathan · 6 comments

Heritage Action for America announced on Monday of 29 Members of Congress from the 112th Congress who achieved “Sentinel” status (i.e., 90+% on the organization’s legislative scorecard).  Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was ranked number one in Georgia’s delegation and tied for first in the House.  From the Congressman’s office:

[A] new scorecard released by Heritage Action, grassroots organization of top conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was ranked first in the Georgia Congressional delegation for his record in the 112th Congress. Rep. Graves’ score of 97% also tied him for first in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By scoring above 90%, Rep. Graves was one of just 23 House members to earn Sentinel status with Heritage.

In Heritage Action’s press release, CEO Michael Needham said, “We congratulate these Sentinels who stood guard, vigilantly protecting our freedoms during the 112th Congress.  Not only did they advance the conservative cause, but they also held back the incessant tide of tax increases, out-of-control spending, and harmful policies that breed dependency on government.  In Washington, this is no easy task, which makes these Members all the more commendable.”

Right behind Congressman Graves is Congressman Paul Broun who scored 96% on Heritage’s scorecard.  Oh, not that I’m one to bring up the past, but remember in March of 2012 when I was surprised that Congressmen Graves and Broun were not on National Journal’s “Most Conservative in the US House” list and named Congressmen Price, Gingrey, and Westmoreland* as such?  Seems like this would rectify that issue.  I’m just saying.

*Please note, I’m not saying that these gentlemen aren’t conservative.  I was just expressing my amazement that Broun and Graves were not ranked higher in the National Journal’s ratings.

Obi's Sister January 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm

And there’s MY congresscritter – - weighing in at a whopping 13%.

Scott65 January 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Ok…so he is the head wingnut. Who cares about all that. What has he done for his district?

segafamily January 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I confess to be a bit miffed when Congresspersons are more concerned with outside scorecard ranking, pledges and the like, rather than with their constituents.

Rambler14 January 29, 2013 at 7:05 am

Where does the article mention anything about these people being very concerned about their ranking?

saltycracker January 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Before I get all excited – any background checks ? taxes paid ? best man wasn’t a lobbyist ?

Dave Bearse January 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

The National Jounal may have made adjustments for Graves shirking a loan that contributed to a bank failure costing millions, or because he’s a newby.

Broun may not have socred well because of the scoring adjustment for crazy.

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