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The Madison Projects Releases Updated Index Scores For 112th Congress

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The Madison Project Releases Updated Index Scores for 112th Congress

Madison Project Chairman Jim RyunNow conservatives can view the performance of their Republican representatives in the context of the districts they were elected to represent.” 

Washington, DC – Today, the Madison Project PAC released its updated Madison Performance Index (MPI) for the full 112th Congress.  Created in 2012, the MPI measures how closely each Republican House Member is performing against the expected conservative score for his or her district.

“It’s a simple way for us to create clarity for the American taxpayers. Either their Members are performing to the make-up of their districts or they are not,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We believe the MPI provides a measuring stick for voters to look at when it comes time to retain or remove Members.”

To view the full scores for the 112th Congress (2011 and 2012 combined), please go to:

“Last year, we started a national conversation about the need to better utilize our most conservative districts in elections when we unveiled the Madison Performance Index,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “We found that only a small percentage of elected Republicans were fully utilizing their districts to represent conservative free-market values.  Our updated scores continue to show that there are many members from red districts that are dramatically underperforming.”

The Madison Performance Index also highlights Members who have scored above a 90 in the Hall of Fame while listing the worst performers in the Hall of Shame.

“We believe this list of liberal red state Republicans will serve as a checklist for the best opportunities to elect conservatives to the House in primary elections,” said Ryun.

Key takeaways from Madison Performance Index from the 112th Congress:

  • Only 43 members, or 18% of the GOP conference, met or exceeded expectations to fully utilize their seats to promote conservatism
  • 58 members have an index of -25 or worse (25 of them are from R+13 districts); 114 members score -15 or worse (42 of them are from R+13+ districts) 149 members score -10 or worse on the index.
  • The worst performer was Don Young (AK) at -48.  The best performer was Joe Walsh (IL-8) at +23.

The Madison Performance Index factors the average of the 2011 and 2012 legislative scores from Heritage Action for America and the Club for Growth, the two most respected conservative scorecards.  Each Member’s average score is pegged against the ideological orientation of his district, as defined by the Cook Partisan Voter Index.  Members from the most conservative districts are expected to score an A (90 and above), while those from less conservative districts are held to a slightly lower standard in a gradual regression.  Their index score represents the number of points they are scoring above or below the expected score for that district.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at