State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, is ranked as the third “Most Conservative” representative by Inside Michigan Politics on its list of “Most Liberal and Most Conservative” members of the House of Representatives for 2015. Glenn voted liberal just 7.1 percent of the time.
Ex-representatives Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Todd Courser, R-Silverwood, were selected as the “Most Conservative” members of the House as they cast liberal votes only 4.8 percent of the time. Reps. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, and Lana Theis, R-Brighton, tied for fourth by voting liberal 10.7 percent of the time.
Gamrat was expelled from the House and Courser resigned for misconduct involving an extramarital affair they had with each other.
On the liberal side, LaTanya Garrett, D-Detroit, was named the “Most Liberal” House member with a 96.4 percent liberal voting record. Reps. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak; Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores; Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo; Leslie Love, D-Detroit; and Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, all tied for second with a score of 92.9 percent.
For the rankings, IMP looked at the liberal position taken on 28 different roll calls by each representative on a variety of topics.
Inside Michigan Politics was founded in 1987 by Bill Ballenger, and analyzes political and policy trends. For over 25 years, IMP has compiled its “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” list.
Two former Republican Senators from Midland also made the list as “Most Conservative.” In 2009, Tony Stamas took third place while John Moolenaar was named “Most Conservative” in 2014.
The full list will be available to subscribers of IMP in a future edition.