Just over 3 Percent of Lawmakers Earn Awards for Conservative Voting Records

ACUF Releases Scores of the Mississippi Legislature

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the Mississippi Legislature. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect Mississippians.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. According to ACUF’s Year in Review, the Mississippi Legislature’s overall conservative score improved marginally compared to the 2017 session (from 50.31 percent to 50.35 percent).

Mississippi legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to impose home insurance mandates that increase the cost of insurance for everyone, impose more burdensome requirements to practice real estate brokerage, and provide funding for unnecessary government agencies that benefit select industries.

“In the 2018 session, lawmakers of the Mississippi Legislature voted to continue hiking harsh requirements for people seeking to enter the workforce,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “They also voted to fund crony government agencies that exclusively benefit select industries, including The Egg Marketing Board, whose mission is to persuade taxpayers to consume more eggs. We urge Mississippi lawmakers to reverse course and listen to the handful of conservatives in the Legislature who are fighting for policy solutions that will create job opportunities and protect taxpayers from government waste.”

Republican Mississippi House Representatives earned an average score of just 61 percent, while six representatives earned awards for scoring 80 percent or better. Republican Mississippi Senators earned an average score of just 46 percent, while no senators earned awards for the 2018 session. The overall average for the Mississippi Legislature was 50.35 percent.

Click here to view the 2018 Ratings of Mississippi.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected]