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A Minnesota voter’s guide to partisan voting habits

Given the prevalence of attacks that insert politician here is too tied to Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner, here’s a handy guide to just how often every Minnesota representative votes with the speaker and the leader of the opposition.

WASHINGTON — You’ve probably heard it a many times already, and will probably hear it many more times more before November. Just how often did [insert politician here] vote with [insert boogeyman politician here], and are they really looking out for YOU, your children and the American way of life, etc., etc.

Given that attack’s prevalence, I thought it might be instructive to provide a chart of exactly how often our representatives voted with their party leaders. The most common charge, leveled at Democrats who are trying to distance themselves, is that they vote too often with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Percentage of votes aligned with Nancy Pelosi

  • 99 percent, Betty McCollum
  • 97 percent, Keith Ellison
  • 96 percent, Jim Oberstar
  • 95 percent, Tim Walz
  • 80 percent, Collin Peterson
  • 29 percent, Erik Paulsen
  • 28 percent, John Kline
  • 25 percent, Michele Bachmann

The contrasting charge, of course, is being in lock-step with the GOP leadership. This is now being alleged by noting how often someone votes with House Minority Leader John Boehner, the frontrunner for House Speaker if the GOP wins back the House.

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Percentage of votes aligned with John Boehner

  • 97 percent, Michele Bachmann
  • 95 percent, John Kline
  • 92 percent, Erik Paulsen
  • 50 percent, Collin Peterson
  • 47 percent, Tim Walz
  • 45 percent, Jim Oberstar
  • 44 percent, Betty McCollum
  • 42 percent, Keith Ellison

Note: All voting comparisons are for the 111th Congress only (2009-10), compiled by OpenCongress, a service of the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation. You can run your own head-to-head compairsons on any representative or senator here.