Washington (CNN) – Just how conservative is tea party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann?
According to new rankings released Friday by Heritage Action, sister organization to the Heritage Foundation, a Washington right-wing think tank, the Minnesota congresswoman is the ninth most conservative congressional member.
Described as “a comprehensive and revealing barometer of a lawmaker’s willingness to fight for conservative policies in Congress” on the organization’s website, the Heritage Foundation’s legislative scorecard ranks members based on decisions made through “30 votes and 5 co-sponsorship scores in the House and “19 votes and 4 co-sponsorship scores in the Senate.”
The scorecard compares each congressional vote against a “preferred” vote by Heritage Action, the grassroots arm of Heritage Foundation, one of the oldest and most-recognized conservative policy centers in the nation.
South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint takes the top spot as the most conservative legislator, but Bachmann is the highest ranking 2012 GOP presidential contender with a score of 94 percent.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul scored 76 percent, followed by Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter at 68 percent.