Kohl-Welles most progressive senator in state

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle has been named the most progressive member of the Washington state Senate this year by the Progressive Democrats of America, based on a combined score drawn from four legislative scorecards.

The scores are based on results from the Washington Conservation Voters Legislative Scorecard 2011-2012, the Washington State Labor Council 2012 Senate Voting Record, the Facing Race: 2012 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity and the 2012 Washington Conservative Union Ratings of the State Senate.

Senators were not only awarded points for positive positions and achievements but penalized for negative actions. So while Kohl-Welles’ aggregate score of 276 led all senators and a number of senators scored above 200, numerous other senators scored in the double- and single-digits and even earned overall negative scores.

“This score confirms that I am accurately representing my constituents’ priorities, and I’m proud to be working on their behalf,” Kohl-Welles said. “I consider it a privilege to represent our district and its progressive values to move our community and our state steadily forward.”

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