Political Notebook


Indiana's congressional delegation among more conservative

A headline in the National Journal asks, "How Liberal Is Your State's House Delegation?"

The magazine's answer for Indiana's contingent -- not very. The Hoosier House delegation ranks as the 17th most-conservative in the country.

The three most-liberal delegations, in order, are Vermont's, Rhode Island's and Massachusetts'. The most-conservative delegations are those from Kansas, Montana and Arkansas.

The National Journal analyzed 111 selected roll-call votes cast in the House in 2013 and 117 in the Senate to come up with its yearly scores and rankings.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, ranks as the 141st-most-conservative House member, out of 431 who are rated. Indiana's seven Republicans are between 42nd-most-conservative (Larry Bucshon) and 147th (Todd Young). Democrat Peter Visclosky is 313th, and Democrat André Carson is 376th.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., is the 23rd-most-conservative member of the Senate, according to the National Journal. The first 45 spots are occupied by all of the Republicans in the chamber.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is the 48th most-conservative senator, third among Democrats behind Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.