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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:40 pm

Rokita scores highest with conservative group

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The American Conservative Union Foundation rated Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, as the most conservative member of the 11-person Indiana congressional delegation during 2017.

Rokita, who seeks the Republican nomination for a Senate seat from Indiana, received a 100-percent score from the ACUF for his votes last year on 25 selected bills. The conservative advocacy group released its 47th annual ratings for Congress on Wednesday.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-4th – one of Rokita's two rivals for the Senate nomination – received a 96-percent score, parting from the ACUF position on one vote. Messer was followed by Reps. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, who scored 93 percent each.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., scored 80 percent for 21 votes the organization tracked in the Senate. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., scored 0 percent, even though he voted in favor of confirming Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, which the ACUF strongly supported.

But instead of scoring the confirmation vote, the ACUF scored an earlier Senate motion lowering the threshold for confirming Gorsuch from 60 votes to 51. Every Democratic senator, including Donnelly, opposed that move.

Among legislation the group tracked were the tax cuts package and Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate the Dodd-Frank banking regulations.

Other Indiana scores included Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-9th, 88 percent; Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, 78 percent; Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-8th, 74 percent; Rep. Andre Carson, D-7th, 8 percent; and Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, 4 percent.