Massachusetts Legislature Ranks Most Liberal in Nation—139 Lawmakers Earn “Radical Left” Ratings

ACU Foundation Releases Ratings of Massachusetts General Court

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 189th meeting of the Massachusetts General Court. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislature and individual members prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Bay Staters.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Massachusetts legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session. In one or both chambers, they voted to:

  • restore million in subsidies for government-favored businesses;
  • reject cost-saving reforms to MassHealth;
  • perpetuate taxpayer-funded political campaigns;
  • persist in funding the Office of Travel and Tourism, a slush fund for dozens of liberal initiatives; and
  • reject a reduction of the income tax rate.

“With the lowest score in the nation, radical liberals drove the Massachusetts General Court to the bottom of the rankings, accompanied by a slew of liberal legislatures run amok,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Instead of reducing the state’s ballooning $1 billion deficit, liberal lawmakers chose to fund campaigns for public office, subsidies for government-favored businesses, and a so-called ‘art’ exhibit that apparently promotes replacing the Second Amendment to the Constitution with, ahem, bedroom-items for grown-ups. It’s truly a shame that liberals have turned the birthplace of American independence into a failed socialist experiment.”

ACUF issues awards to recognize members who vote with ACUF’s position at least 80 percent of the time. This session, those members included:

Award for Conservative Excellence (90%-100%): 

Rep. Lyons

Award for Conservative Achievement (80%-89%): 

Sen. Fattman; and Reps. Barrows, Berthiaume, Boldyga, Decoste, Diehl, Dooley, Jones, Kane and Orrall.

Members who scored 10 percent or less resisted commonsense conservative reforms and qualified for ACUF’s “Coalition of the Radical Left.” This session, those members included:

Sens. Barrett, Boncore, Brady, Brownsberger, Chandler, Creem, Cyr, DiDomenico, Donoghue, Eldridge, Forry, Friedman, Hinds, Jehlen, Keenan, Lesser, Lewis, L’Italien, Lovely, McGee, Montigny, Moore, O’Connor Ives, Pacheco, Rodrigues, Rush, Spilka, Timilty and Welch; and Reps. Arciero, Atkins, Ayers, Balser, Barber, Benson, Brodeur, Cabral, Cahill, Calter, Campbell, Cantwell, Carvalho, Cassidy, Chan, Collins, Connolly, Coppinger, Crighton, Cronin, Cullinane, Cusack, Cutler, Day, Decker, DeLeo, DiZoglio, Donahue, Donato, Driscoll, DuBois, Dykema, Ehrlich, Farley-Bouvier, Fernandes, Fiola, Garballey, Garlick, Gentile, Goldstein-Rose, Gonzalez, Gordon, Haddad, Hay, Hecht, Heroux, Higgins, Hogan, Homes, Honan, Hunt, D., Kafka, Kaufman, Keefe, Khan, Kocot, Koczera, Kulik, Lawn, Lewis, Linsky, Livingstone, Madaro, Mahoney, Malia, Mark, Matias, McGonagle, McMurtry, Meschino, Michlewitz, Mom, Moran, F., Moran, M., Murphy, Naughton, O’Day, Parisella, Peake, Peisch, Pignatelli, Provost, Rogers, D., Rogers, J., Roy, Rushing, Ryan, Sánchez, Scaccia, Schmid, Scibak, Smizik, Speliotis, Stanley, Straus, Tosado, Tucker, Tyler, Ultrino, Vega, Velis, Vincent, Wagner and Walsh, C.

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