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GOP Congressman Jeb Hensarling gets top marks in conservative group's annual analysis
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010, 02:06PM CST
By Mark Lisheron

Citizens Against Government Waste is calling Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling a Taxpayer Super Hero for 2009. The conservative taxpayers' advocacy group found precious few of them during a congressional session that featured the passage of federal healthcare reform, the $862 billion stimulus and global warming bills.

Hensarling, a Republican who represents the 5th Congressional District in East Texas, earned a perfect score of 100 percent in the group's annual analysis of what it says was the taxpayer's fiscal interest in 120 House and 74 Senate votes cast in the 2009 congressional session. Only seven of the House's 535 members, all of them Republicans, earned scores of 100 percent.

The group had no trouble finding Democrats to line the bottom of the scale. Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., 105 Democrats, more than 40 percent of all Democratic members, nearly a fifth of the entire membership in Congress, got large, obese zeroes. The list included six Texas representatives. You can see how the entire Texas delegation scored 

While not super, both Texas senators, Republicans John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, earned hero status for a voting grade of more than 80 percent. There were several congressmen who, according to the group, were nearly perfect, including Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, who scored 98, Michael Conaway, R-Midland, with a score of 97 and Michael McCaul, R-Austin, with a 95.

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