WASHINGTON, DC – National Journal released its 2009 Vote Ratings today, which is a comprehensive examination of voting patterns for the first session of the 111th Congress. The well-respected publication named Congressman Bobby Bright of Alabama as the most conservative Democrat, and among the “centrists” in the House. In fact, according to the study, his voting record is more conservative than 11 Republicans.
For its vote study, the National Journal examines 92 specific- and significant- votes cast, as opposed to other publications which often include procedural and non-controversial votes in their studies.
“I came to Washington to keep my country strong and represent my constituents- not a political party or special interest,” Bright said. “Publication after publication has affirmed my independent-minded approach, and I will continue to put the interests of my country and district first."
Congressman Bright has previously been named the second-most independent Member of Congress by Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Post. The National Journal article indicates that Congressman Bright is an exception to the growing ideological divide in Congress.