In its annual ranking based on key votes, National Journal calls freshman GOP Sen. Jim Risch of “obscure” but “a true stalwart when it comes to his conservative voting record, most recently being one of just eight Republican senators to vote against the Violence Against Women Act.”
Risch received a 95.8 percent conservative score for 2012, besting Republicans John Cornyn of Texas, recently-resigned Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo ranked No. 9 of 100, at 87.3 percent.
The House rankings of the Top 25 conservatives were released Tuesday, but neither Idaho Republican Reps. Raul Labrador or Mike Simpson made the cut. Risch’s House counterpart: former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who scored 97 percent in his final year in the House. Akin lost what was seen as a sure-bet GOP Senate pickup in November after his famous “legitimate rape” comments.