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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 15, 2019 2:00 pm

Conservative scorecard gives high marks to Banks, Young

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., were among the more conservative members of Congress in 2018, according to yearly ratings released by the American Conservative Union.

Banks and Young were among 54 House members and 11 senators who scored 90% or higher on congressional votes tracked by the conservative advocacy organization on such issues as abortion, immigration, health care, deregulation, judicial nominees and work requirements for federal assistance. Banks scored 92%, and Young scored 91%.

Scores for other federal lawmakers representing northeast Indiana were 76% for Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, and 23% for former Democratic senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

The highest ACU score for an Indiana lawmaker was 95% for former 6th District Republican representative Luke Messer. The lowest Indiana score was 8% for Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st.

Overall, Republican senators averaged an 82% score from the ACU, Republican representatives 77%, Democratic senators 10% and Democratic representatives 8%.