95 Lawmakers Earn Awards for Conservative Voting Records

ACU Foundation Releases Ratings of Pennsylvania General Assembly

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2017 meeting of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 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 Pennsylvanians.

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.

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

  • irresponsibly raise spending by $500 million without attempting to balance the budget, as required by state constitution;
  • protect workers’ free speech and earnings by barring public-sector unions from using union dues to fund political activities;
  • prevent local governments from imposing firearms laws that are more restrictive than those of the state;
  • reform the criminal justice system by sealing criminal records for those who committed non-violent misdemeanors and removing charges from state records that do not lead to convictions; and
  • allow terminally ill patients access to potentially life-saving drugs that have partially completed FDA approval process.

“Conservative lawmakers reversed years of ridiculous policies that restricted the rights of Pennsylvanians,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “During the 2017 session, conservatives implemented rules to ensure public-sector union dues are never spent on partisan political activities, protected Second Amendment rights, and allowed terminally ill patients to try potentially life-saving drugs. Unfortunately, the General Assembly lost its way when the state indulged in a massive spending binge on the back of Pennsylvania taxpayers.”

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%):

Sens. Disanto and Hutchinson; and Reps. Cook, Diamond, Dowling, Dush, Hill, Irvin, Keller, F., MacKenzie, Maloney, Metcalfe, Miller, B., Rapp, Ryan, Saccone, Tallman and Warner.

Award for Conservative Achievement (80%-90%):

Sens. Alloway, Argall, Aument, Bartolotta, Browne, Corman, Eichelberger, Folmer, Gordner, Martin, Regan, Reschenthaler, Scarnati, Stefano, Vogel, Wagner, Ward and Yaw; and Reps. Baker, Bernstine, Bloom, Causer, Cox, Culver, Cutler, Day, DeLozier, Dunbar, Ellis, Emrick, English, Everett, Fee, Fritz, Gabler, Gillespie, Greiner, Grove, Hahn, Harris, A., Heffley, Helm, Hickernell, Jozwiak, Kauffman, Keefer, Keller, M. K., Knowles, Lawrence, Marsico, Masser, Mentzer, Millard, Moul, Mustio, Nelson, Nesbit, Oberlander, Ortitay, Peifer, Pickett, Rader, Reed, Reese, Roae, Roe, Rothman, Sankey, Saylor, Schemel, Sonney, Tobash, Toepel, Toohil, Topper, Walsh, Ward, Wentling and Zimmerman.

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

Reps. Boyle, Daley, Davidson, Dean, Deasy, Delissio, Freeman, Krueger-Braneky, McCarter, Miller, D., O’Brien, Ravenstahl, Roebuck, Samuelson, Solomon and Sturla.

Click Here to view the 2017 Ratings of Pennsylvania online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at lschneider@conservative.org.