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GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

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The Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking is an analysis of the co-sponsorship 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 co-sponsorship. 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]

2013-2014 Congress

Upon the conclusion of this session, Ballotpedia will post the rankings for the members of the 113th Congress.

2011-2012 Congress

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

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

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