May 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

By the numbers: Freshmen who buck their party

Congressional freshmen who vote against their own party most often
Data: Quorum via Congress.gov; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) votes against her party most often, at a rate of 16.3%, compared to all other freshman members in the House and Senate, data collected by Quorum reveals.

Driving the news: The top five freshman members who voted against their party the most are all Republicans — and four of the five are House Republicans.

By the numbers: Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) leads the Senate freshmen, bucking his party 15.8% of the time.

  • Among Democrats, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) leads in the House at 3.55% (she's No. 38 among all freshmen in Congress), and Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) leads Senate Democrats at 1.57%.

The other side: Alternatively, the following freshman members are in a four-way voting tie for voting with their party 100% of the time.

  • Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.)
  • Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.), who was sworn in only earlier this month
  • Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Tex.)

What they're saying: “I’ll start voting 100% with my party when the GOP votes for conservative America First policies 100% of the time,” Greene told Axios.

  • A spokesman for Tuberville said the senator "promised to be an independent thinker and a common-sense conservative."
  • The former football coach's record shows "he’s a strong conservative who fights for the state of Alabama but isn’t here to go along just to get along.”

Worth noting: The newest members of the 117th Congress are majority Republican — 57 Republicans vs. 23 Democrats.

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