Local Politics

N.C. congressmen span liberal, conservative spectrum

Posted March 2, 2010 3:52 p.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2010 4:27 p.m. EST

— U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is the ninth most conservative member of the Senate, while Sen. Kay Hagan is more of a centrist, according to new rankings by the National Journal.

The political magazine examined nearly 200 key votes in the House and Senate to compile rankings of the most liberal and conservative members in each chamber. The bills included economic, social and foreign issues.

Hagan was listed as the 42nd most liberal of the 100-member Senate in the rankings.

On the House side, 12th District Congressman Mel Watt tied for first place nationwide with California Congressman Henry Waxman as the most liberal of the 435 members. Fourth District Congressman David Price was the 35th most liberal, while 13th District Congressman Brad Miller was the 143rd most liberal and 2nd District Congressman ranked 169th.

Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry was the most conservative representative from North Carolina, ranking 17th nationwide, followed closely by 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx at 19th. Third District Congressman Walter Jones was the 155th most conservative in the rankings.

Eighth District Congressman Larry Kissell was the closest to the center among North Carolina's congressional delegation, ranking as the 214th most liberal and the 217th most conservative.