ProgressivePunch rates the US House of Representatives for progressive votes on individual issues and overall. Their overall ratings for SE PA, out of 431 in Congress, based on 2009-10 votes, are:
51 (tied) Robert Brady, CD 01 (-0.80)
57 (tied) Chaka Fattah, CD 02 (+5.70)
145 Allyson Schwartz, CD 13 (-2.22)
156 Joe Sestak, CD 07 (-7.18)
176 Patrick Murphy, CD 08 (-22.62)
266 Jim Gerlach, CD 06 (-74.59)
376 (tied) Joe Pitts, CD 16 (-70.77)
The second figure, in parentheses, compares the rating to the district. E.g., Gerlach and Pitts are ranked far less progressive than their districts.
Check the full chart for lifetime rankings and rankings by individual issues.
We find, for example, that on environment, supposedly one of his strong points, Gerlach’s lifetime votes earn him 262nd place. Since on all issues his district is rated “Strong Dem,” maybe he has a problem here?
In the Senate, based on 2009-10 votes:
Casey 32 (+5.20)
Specter 56 (-50.90)