Illinois Dems rank high on HRC Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released their annual Congressional Scorecard on Wednesday, ranking members of of the 115th U.S. Congress.

With Illinois’s congressional delegation, no Republican got above a three out of 100 and all but one scoring zero. Only Adam Kizinger (R-Rockford) actually had a score. During the 144th Congress, he had scored 36. Except for Randy Hultgren (R-Plano, northern Illinois), Peter Roskam (R-Arlington, northwest suburbs), and Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap in western Illinois), who all ranked zero in the last congress, every Republican saw their score drop.

Democrats, on the other hand, scored 100 for the most part and none below 50. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs, southwest suburbs) scored a 58 and Danny Davis (D-Austin, Chicago westside) scored 88.

The full list of scores is:

District Representative Party HRC
Score
IL-1 Bobby Rush (D) 100
IL-2 Robin Kelly (D) 100
IL-3 Daniel Lipinski (D) 58
IL-4 Luis Gutiérrez (D) 100
IL-5 Mike Quigley (D) 100
IL-6 Peter Roskam (R) 0
IL-7 Danny Davis (D) 88
IL-8 Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) 100
IL-9 Jan Schakowsky (D) 100
IL-10 Brad Schneider (D) 100
IL-11 Bill Foster (D) 100
IL-12 Mike Bost (R) 0
IL-13 Rodney Davis (R) 0
IL-14 Randy Hultgren (R) 0
IL-15 John Shimkus (R) 0
IL-16 Adam Kinzinger (R) 3
IL-17 Cheri Bustos (D) 100

Members of Congress were scored based on a range of key indicators of support for LGBTQ equality — from votes in the Senate to confirm anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence cabinet officials and judicial nominees to votes and co-sponsorships in both chambers on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ people and their families.

“While Donald Trump and Mike Pence have spent the past two years unleashing relentless attacks on the LGBTQ community, the 115th Congress has done little to hold them accountable or pass LGBTQ equality, while doing a great deal to undermine the rights of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The HRC Congressional Scorecard serves as an important tool to understand where Members of Congress stand on LGBTQ equality. As we face one of the most important elections of our lifetime, HRC’s Congressional Scorecard makes clear that it is crucial for fair-minded voters turn out in force to elect a pro-equality majority to Congress.”

Both U.S. senators for Illinois, Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are Democrats and scored 100.

For all scores in the current congress, you can look at the full report here. No Republicans nationally got perfect scores, while 184 Democrats did.

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