Delegation ranks high on conservative list

Reps. Scalise, Fleming, Landry named

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson

WASHINGTON — Two current members and a former member of the Louisiana congressional delegation rated among the top five most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an annual rankings list released Tuesday.

Reps. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson; John Fleming, R-Minden; and former Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, all scored in the top five of the National Journal’s annual list of the “most conservative” House members.

Landry ranked fourth while Scalise and Fleming were locked in a five-way tie for fifth.

Landry left Congress in January after he was defeated in a re-election bid by Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette.

The two of them were forced to run against each other because of redistricting.

Boustany did not rate in the top 29 “most conservative” House members.

Scalise this year became the chairman of the staunchly conservative Republican Study Committee.

Louisiana did not have anyone rate in the “most liberal” list. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, is the only Democrat from Louisiana in the House.

The ratings lists were compiled by comparing congressional votes on key issues.