ACU Foundation Releases Latest Scores of Rhode Island General Assembly

The Rhode Island State Senate was one of the four most liberal upper chambers in the country in 2018, then fell another two points in 2019 according to the American Conservative Union Foundation's annual rating of state legislatures.

The American Conservative Union Foundation conducts an annual, in-depth analysis to rate all 8,000 lawmakers in America, revealing their positions on a wide variety of issues directly affecting our communities and families.

The state’s overall score (24%) fell seven points compared to the 2018 session. The only states with a more liberal upper chamber are Hawaii, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Rhode Island state Democrats are not yet in contention for the top ten most liberal Democrats, but they did fall nearly 8 points since the 2018 session.

If there was one bright spot from the 2019 analysis, Rhode Island Republicans (62%) improved by six points.

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Rhode Island's Coalition of Radical Left Adds More State Lawmakers

CPAC Host Releases Scores of Rhode Island

Alexandria, VA—Rhode Island is home to 12 more members of the Coalition of the Radical Left, as 12 state senators earned conservative scores of 10% or below, up from zero qualifying lawmakers in the previous session. Just two lawmakers, Reps. Blake Filippi and Sherry Roberts, qualified as conservatives, according to the just-released ratings of the 2019 session published by The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The following state senators qualified for the Coalition of the Radical Left:

  • William Conley
  • Cynthia Coyne
  • Dawn Euer
  • Hanna Gallo
  • Frank Lombardi
  • Erin Lynch Prata
  • Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey
  • Joshua Miller
  • Ana Quezada
  • Adam Satchell
  • James Seveney
  • Bridget Valverde

“ACU traveled to Rhode Island in 2016 to plead with legislators and community leaders to reconsider four decades of policies that have kept the state at the bottom of almost all economic and social rankings,” said ACU Executive Director Dan Schneider. “There seemed to be acceptance that it was time to try something new. But that change of heart appears to have been short-lived. Again, we urge Rhode Island lawmakers to give Ocean State families a chance to succeed.”

The state’s overall conservative score fell seven points (from 31.11% to 24.10%), with Democrats falling nearly eight points (26.98% to 19.06%) while Republicans improved slightly by six points (56.47% to 62.28%). The Rhode Island Senate will again be in contention for the top 5 most liberal upper chambers in the country while Republicans will remain in contention for the top 10 most liberal Republican caucuses in the country.

ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect citizens.

ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Click Here to view the 2019 Ratings of Rhode Island online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF’s Ratings of the States, email Luke Schneider, Deputy Director of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability, at [email protected].


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