U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

The National Journal recently ranked the 15 most liberal United States Senators, and no surprise for those who follow politics here, both Hawaii senators made the list.

Brian Schatz came in first as the most liberal Senator in the nation, tying for that top stop with two other Democrats, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Chuck Schumer of New York.

Hawaii’s other senator, Mazie Hirono, ranked close behind Schatz as the fourth most liberal Senator in the nation.

For the past three decades, the National Journal has rated members of Congress based on selected roll-call votes from the previous year to see how they compare on an ideological scale.

For the 2013 ratings, National Journal examined all of the 291 votes in the Senate—and identified 117 votes that showed ideological distinctions between members.

See the full report here.

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