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{{tnr}} The '''Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking''' is an analysis of the cosponsorship of bills in Congress. It is published by GovTrack, a project of Civic Impulse, LLC, which uses open data to track the activities of Congress.
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{{cong update|February 2014|Needs 113th Cong added}}{{tnr}} The '''Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking''' is an analysis of the cosponsorship of bills in Congress. It is published by GovTrack, a project of Civic Impulse, LLC, which uses open data to track the activities of Congress.
  
 
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The Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking is an analysis of the cosponsorship of bills in Congress. It is published by GovTrack, a project of Civic Impulse, LLC, which uses open data to track the activities of Congress.

Methodology

GovTrack has published ranking reports since 2004. The Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking is based on two factors - ideology and leadership. These are then plotted on a graph.

Ideology

The political spectrum ideology score is based on of how Members of Congress cosponsor bills. Members who cosponsor in a similar manner are put next to each other on the left-right axis of the graph, while those that cosponsor different sets of bills are put at different ends.

Leadership

Legislative leadership is also based on patterns of cosponsorship. As GovTrack explains, "Roughly speaking, each time a Member of Congress cosponsors another Member of Congress's bill,, the first Member of Congress gives the second Member of Congress some leadership points . . . in proportion to how many leadership points the first Member of Congress has."[1]

2011-2012 Congress

The members of the 112th Congress received the following rankings.

  • There are 88 representatives that received the description of "rank-and-file Republican"
  • There are 70 representatives that received the description of "rank-and-file Democrat"
  • There are 29 representatives that received the description of "moderate Republican follower"
  • There are 26 representatives that received the description of "far-right Republican"
  • There are 25 representatives that received the description of "centrist Republican"
  • There are 24 representatives that received the description of "moderate Republican leader"
  • There are 22 representatives that received the description of "moderate Democratic leader"
  • There are 21 representatives that received the description of "centrist Democrat"
  • There are 19 representatives that received the description of "far-right Republican leader"
  • There are 18 representatives that received the description of "moderate Democratic follower"
  • There are 18 representatives that received the description of "far left Democrat"
  • There are 18 representatives that received the description of "centrist Republican follower"
  • There are 16 representatives that received the description of "far-left Democratic leader"
  • There are 15 representatives that received the description of "centrist Democratic follower"
  • There are 4 representatives that received the description of "centrist Republican leader"
  • There are 2 representatives that received the description of "lonely far-left Democrat"
  • There are 2 representatives that received the description of "lonely far-right Republican follower"
  • There is 1 representative that received the description of "centrist Democratic leader"

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