Austin Scott Ranked Most Conservative Sitting Congressman

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 12:29 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Republican Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia is the most conservative non-freshman member of the House, in annual rankings compiled by the National Journal that tracks voting records.

Scott, 43, who was first elected in 2010 and returned unopposed last year, beat out Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn based on his voting record in 2012.

But he wasn’t considered the most conservative in the House during the last session. That distinction went to Missouri’s Todd Akin, who left the House in an unsuccessful bid to join the Senate.

Akin was one of the first legislators to join the tea party caucus. He also opposed the stimulus package, healthcare reform, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

He has frequently spoken out against abortion under any circumstance and has maintained an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

In one of his final acts in Congress, Akin voted against the fiscal cliff compromise.

Blackburn was named third on the list, followed by Louisiana’s Jeff Landry, who lost his seat in November.

There was a five-way tie for the fifth highest score between Republican Reps. Mike Conaway and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Louisiana’s John Fleming and Steve Scalise.



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