Klobuchar Ranked One of the Most Liberal in the Senate Despite Moderate Image


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was recently ranked one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate despite the moderate image she projects on the campaign trail.

The presidential hopeful is frequently described as a moderate and a pragmatist because of, among other things, her opposition to programs like Medicare for All and concerns about a socialist leading her party’s ticket.

But an annual ideology ranking from GovTrack.us ranked Klobuchar in the 92nd position on its conservative-to-liberal scale.

GovTrack.us, a nonpartisan publication, said it assigns a “liberal-conservative score to each member of Congress based on his or her pattern of cosponsorship.”

“In a nutshell, Members of Congress who cosponsor similar sets of bills will get scores close together, while Members of Congress who sponsor different sets of bills will have scores far apart,” the outlet explains.

Of the 47 Democrats in the Senate, Klobuchar was ranked the ninth most liberal during the 2019 legislative year. She was ranked more liberal than Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) as well as other progressives like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was ranked the most liberal senator in 2019, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Klobuchar also ranked behind Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Klobuchar was listed as the 34th most liberal senator on the publication’s 2018 ideology ranking and was among the least liberal in its 2017 ranking – when former Sen. Al Franken was ranked the most liberal in the Senate.

On the other end of the spectrum, Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) were ranked the most conservative in the Senate in 2019.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) was ranked the ninth most liberal U.S. representative in 2019, surpassing Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14).

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Amy Klobuchar” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.







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2 Thoughts to “Klobuchar Ranked One of the Most Liberal in the Senate Despite Moderate Image”

  1. William R. Delzell

    Are we talking about the same Klobuchar who received money from a crooked city police union to pay her to look the other way as their members committed a series of still-unsolved murders of black people, or of the fact that she MAY have knowingly allowed the killer of a small child to get away scott free so that she could pin the murder on an innocent person by coercing a false confession from the defendant? The guilty person years later turned himself in to confess and to give details that only the real killer would know. But Klobuchar didn’t want to hear it!

    If she did this, she is no liberal–much less a leftist! She is really Republican-lite like Sam Nunn, Marilyn Lloyd, Joe Lieberman, Joe Biden, Henry “Scoop” (Sentator from Boeing Aircraft) Jackson, and others of that ilk. She already has several bitter foes on the left especially after Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! weekday news programs exposed her.

  2. 83ragtop50

    She, like Pete, only pretend to be moderate. But that is not hard when compared to Conrads Sanders and Warren.

    Besides Amy has been a complete ZERO as a senator. Part of the swamp.