Here’s how Northern California’s Congressional delegation stacks up in the National Journal’s annual ranking of most liberal/most conservative lawmakers, published today. Seeing as how we’re in the Bay Area, we’ll use the “most liberal” scale; some members are tied, hence the same numbers.
In fact, of seven House members across the nation who tied for 1st place in the “most liberal” ranking, three are from the Bay Area:
1. Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz
1. Mike Honda, D-San Jose
1. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael
28. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland
31. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento
44. Mike Thompson, D-Napa
48. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto
49. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo
63. George Miller, D-Martinez
66. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco
86. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton
99. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose
152. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield
171. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton
178. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova
187. Jim Costa, D-Fresno
222. David Valadao, R-Hanford
223. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto
256. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia
328. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay
386. Doug LaMalfa, R-Oroville
16. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
22. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
On the methodology: For the 2013 ratings, National Journal examined all of the roll-call votes in the first session of the 113th Congress—641 in the House and 291 in the Senate—and identified the ones that show ideological distinctions between members. Many votes did not make the cut—those that involve noncontroversial issues or that fall along regional lines, for instance. In the end, 117 votes in the Senate and 111 votes in the House were selected and were categorized as economic, foreign, or social.