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The Center for Security Policy released today its 2011-2012 Congressional National Security Scorecard for the 112th Congress.  The scorecard– which scores all Representatives and Senators on key national security votes in their respective chambers over the past two years– is available both as a single document [PDF] and as a series of individual online reports focusing on each legislator’s national security votes, grouped by state.

The Center scored a total of 22 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 8 votes in the U.S. Senate.  Topics covered included defense sequestration, nuclear deterrence, terrorist detainee policy, the USA PATRIOT Act, North Korea, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Law of the Sea Treaty.

The Center has identified 227 Champions of National Security in the House, and 38 in the Senate, each of whom scored 85% or higher.  Additionally, the Center has identified 149 Lowest Scoring Legislators in the House, and 44 in the Senate, each of whom scored 25% or lower.

The Center’s President and CEO, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., commented:

At a time when threats to the United States are multiplying by the day, this election is enormously consequential for our national security.  It is imperative that the American public be able to assess how our legislators have voted on a range of defense, foreign policy and homeland security matters.    By definition, scorecards look only at issues that were brought to a vote.  While they do not, therefore, reflect other initiatives – on and off Capitol Hill – that also contribute to the totality of a legislator’s views and record, this product is a valuable starting point for understanding and evaluating the role your elected representatives are playing at this critical moment for our national security.


DOWNLOAD the Center for Security Policy National Security Scorecard for the 112th Congress (2011-2012) (PDF: 55 pages; size: 870K)

2012 Scorecard




Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)* Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Alabama) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas)
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Arkansas) Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona)* Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona)
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Arizona) Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-Arizona)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)* Rep. Wally Herger (R-California)*
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-California) Rep. Jeff Denham (R-California)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-California) Rep. “Buck” McKeon (R-California)
Rep. David Dreier (R-California) Rep. Jane Harman (D-California)*
Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California)*
Rep. Gary Miller (R-California) Rep. Ken Calvert (R-California)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California)*
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-California) Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California)
Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colorado) Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Florida) Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Florida)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida) Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Florida)
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida) Rep. John Mica (R-Florida)
Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Florida) Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida)*
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Florida) Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Florida)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida) Rep. Connie Mack (R-Florida)
Rep. Bill Posey (R-Florida) Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Florida)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida)
Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Florida)
Rep. David Rivera (R-Florida) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Georgia)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia) Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia)
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Georgia) Rep. Austin Scott (R-Georgia)
Rep. Tom Graves (R-Georgia) Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia)*
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Georgia)* Rep. John Barrow (D-Georgia)
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)*
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois)
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) Rep. Bob Dold (R-Illinois)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Illinois)*
Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois) Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Illinois)
Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Illinois)* Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois)*
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana)* Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana)*
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana)* Rep. Larry Buchson (R-Indiana)
Rep. Todd Young (R-Indiana) Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky)
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky) Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Kentucky)*
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Jeff Landry (R-Louisiana)* Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-Louisiana) Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-Louisiana)* Rep. Andy Harris (R-Maryland)
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Michigan) Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan) Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan)
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan)*
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan) Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)*
Rep. John Kline (R-Minnesota) Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minnesota)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri)* Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) Rep. Billy Long (R-Missouri)*
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Missouri) Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Mississippi)* Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana)
Rep. Renee Elmers (R-North Carolina) Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)
Rep. Howard Coble (R-North Carolina) Rep. Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) Rep. Rick Berg (R-North Dakota)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) Rep. Lee Terry (R-Nebraska)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska) Rep. Frank Guinta (R-New Hampshire)
Rep. Charlie Bass (R-New Hampshire) Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-New Jersey) Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-New Jersey) Rep. Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Rep. Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico)*
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nevada)* Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nevada)
Rep. Pete King (R-New York)* Rep. Bob Turner (R-New York)*
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York)* Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-New York)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-New York) Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)*
Rep. Tom Reed (R-New York) Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio)*
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)* Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma)*
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma)
Rep. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania) Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pennsylvania) Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania) Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania) Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) Rep. Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tennessee)
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)* Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tennessee)
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tennessee) Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)* Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)*
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-Texas)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia)* Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Virginia)
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Virginia)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)*
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington)* Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Washington) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)*
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin)
Rep. David McKinley (R-West Virginia) Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
 Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming)*

NOTE: Legislators with an asterisk next to their name, although not present for every scored vote, voted in a manner consistent with national security on 85% or more of the scored votes for which they were present.




Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)
Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) Sen. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)* Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)* Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming)*


NOTE: Legislators with an asterisk next to their name, although not present for every scored vote, voted in a manner consistent with national security on 85% or more of the scored votes for which they were present.

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