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Michigan Plunges in National Conservative Rankings

The Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA), a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation, conducts an annual, in-depth analysis to rate all 8,000 lawmakers in America, revealing their positions on a wide variety of issues directly affecting our communities and families.

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Michigan Plunges in National Conservative Rankings
State Scorecard Released – Lawmaker Voting Trending More Liberal


ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 1, 2022) — Michigan’s state legislature has dropped in the ranks from the 13th most conservative in the nation to the 25th spot according to a new analysis conducted by the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA), a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation. 

In CPAC’s analysis of all 7,400 state lawmakers in America, the Michigan legislature’s conservative rating fell to 58%, placing last amongst neighboring states Indiana (73%), Ohio (68%), and Wisconsin (59%). The conservative rating is calculated through CPAC’s scorecards and is based on lawmaker voting across 186 policy area ranging from cultural and life issues to tax, fiscal, and regulatory policies. 

Michigan’s drop in the ranking is largely a result of much more liberal voting by Democratic lawmakers. As the scorecard reveals, a large majority of Democrat lawmakers have fully embraced the radical legislative agenda of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, with the House Democratic average plunging from 35% to 27% and the Senate Democratic average falling from 31% to 27%. The Republican scores were slightly higher in the Senate and remained nearly the same as the previous year in the House. This year 31 Representatives and 19 Senators received awards from CPAC for voting with the conservative position at least 80% of the time.



The ratings have also been incorporated into CPAC’s new Lawmaker Comparison Tool which runs head-to-head comparisons on lawmaker’s strongest and weakest policy areas.

The CLA is the first and only organization to annually publish individual ratings for all 8,000 federal and state lawmakers in America. The CLA is also home to the nation’s most comprehensive conservative policy database containing over 17,500 detailed bill analyses which span 50 years of Congress and all 50 state legislatures.

For media inquiries, contact the CPAC Communications Team at [email protected] or 202-347-9388.


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