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Party loyalty and key votes of Minnesota’s congresspeople

The chart below plots the party loyalty for Minnesota’s congressional delegation. Click on an image to explore how they voted on key bills this session.

Data from Washington Post U.S. Congress Votes Database. Images provided by Wikipedia,, and Comments and quotes are taken from MinnPost stories or official statements of their respective lawmakers' offices. * Key bills are defined by the Washington Post U.S. Congress Votes Database. ** Bills that required two-thirds vote to pass.

Note that an earlier version of the chart misrepresented Walz's vote on the Fed audit, but has since been fixed.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ross Williams on 08/06/2012 - 10:18 am.

    Unanimous Votes

    When a congressional scorecard includes unanimous votes its usually an indication that someone is “cooking the books”. I would be very suspicious that this scorecard represents any realistic measure of elected official’s partisan loyalty.

  2. Submitted by Alec Timmerman on 08/06/2012 - 10:27 am.

    Not surprising the GOP is almost completely pure

    One party prizes diversity, from Al Franken to Colin Peterson. It couldn’t be more obvious the other party honors purity. As midwestern farmers, we should all understand that a homogenous, pure herd breeds deformed, weak cattle. The GOP herd is almost completely pure. Make your own conclusions.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/06/2012 - 06:15 pm.

    All the votes were about what you’d expect.

    Walz and Peterson simply reflect the attitudes of the people who sent them to Washington, in districts that have sent both Republicans and Democrats to Congress. (Though as I recall, Peterson originally ran considerably to the left of where his votes would put him today.)

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