Heritage: Conservative ‘sentinels’ stand guard for freedom


Heritage Action announced Monday the members of the 112th Congress who achieved “sentinel” status by scoring 90 percent or higher on its legislative scorecard.

Six senators and 23 representatives reached this benchmark.

Heritage Action is an activist organization affiliated with The Heritage Foundation, one of the best-known and most influential conservative think tanks in Washington, devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

These “sentinels” are a critical component of conservative successes, representing the “tip of the spear in Washington,” as noted in a Heritage Action press release.

A sentinel is a person stationed as a guard to prevent a surprise attack.

Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham praised the work of these lawmakers:

Americans worried about our country’s future should sleep better at night knowing a dedicated group of lawmakers are fighting for freedom every day in Washington.  We congratulate these sentinels who stood guard, vigilantly protecting our freedoms during the 112th Congress.

Not only did they advance the conservative cause, but they also held back the incessant tide of tax increases, out-of-control spending, and harmful policies that breed dependency on government.  In Washington, this is no easy task, which makes these members all the more commendable.

As for Florida’s congressional delegation of 27 representatives, only two appear on the list below. Sen. Marco Rubio also made the cut. When following votes in Congress, compare others to the names on this list.

See the scorecard: Heritage Action Scorecard

Senate Sentinels (6):

Jim DeMint  (R-SC) 99%
Mike Lee (R-UT) 99%
Rand Paul (R-KY) 96%
Marco Rubio (R-FL) 96%
Ron Johnson (R-WI) 94%
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 91%


House Sentinels (23):

Jeff Duncan (R-SC) 97%
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 97%
Trent Franks (R-AZ) 97%
Tom Graves (R-GA) 97%
Paul Broun  (R-GA) 96%
Jim Jordan (R-OH) 95%
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) 95%
Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 94%
Doug Lamborn  (R-CO) 94%
David Schweikert (R-AZ) 94%
Jeff Miller (R-FL) 93%
Ben Quayle (R-AZ) 93%
Joe Wilson (R-SC) 93%
Joe Walsh (R-IL) 93%
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 92%
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92%
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) 92%
Dennis Ross (R-FL) 92%
Justin Amash (R-MI) 91%
Michele Bachmann (R-MN) 91%
John Fleming (R-LA) 90%
Scott Garrett (R-NJ) 90%
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) 90%



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