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The 10 Worst Congressmen

Updated on February 8, 2013

Several publications publish worst congressmen lists. Here are some current ones from The Nation and Esquire magazine.

Crazy Caucus--Bachman, King, Gohmert
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Esquire's 10 Worst Members of Congress Elected in 2010

1. Joe Barton, R Texas

2. John Kyl, R Arizona

3. Joe Lieberman, Independent Connecticut

4. Ben Nelson, D Nebraska

5. Charlie Rangel, D New York

6. Pete Stark, R California

7. David Vitter, R Louisiana

8-10 The Crazy Circus

8. Michele Bachman--R Minnesota

9. Steve King--R Iowa

10. Louie Gohmert--R Texas

Esquire's 10 Worst Congressmen Elected in 1958

!. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I Connecticut

2. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R Georgia

3. Rep Michele Bachmann, R, Minnesota

4. Sen. John Cornyn, R, Texas

5. Rep. Pete Stark, D, California

6. Rep. W. Jefferson, D Louisiana

7. Rep. Steve King, R. Iowa

8. Rep. Joe Baca, D California

9. Rep. John Murtha, D. Pennsylvania

10. Sen. Ted Stevens, R Alaska

The 10 Worst Congressmen

Rolling Stone's 10 Worst Congressmen

1. Dennis Hastert, R- Illinois--The Highway Robber

2. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin--The Little Dictator

3. Don Young, R-Alaska--Mr. Pork

4. William Jefferson D-Louisiana--The Bribe Taker

5. Jerry Lewis, R-California--King of Payoffs

6. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado--Mr. Bigotry

7. Dick Pombo, R-CA--Enemy of the Earth

8. Curt Weldon, R-Pa--The Conspiracy Nut

9. Hal Rogers, R--Kentucky--Bin Laden's Best Friend

10. Marilyn Musgrave, R-CA--The Christian Soldier; guardian of the bedroom

Of course, it's just a coincidence that 9 out of the 10 are Republicans!

Due to the Tea Party revolution this list is out of date. Kindly substitute the lioudest mouthed most ignorant and unreasonable teabaggers for the above ten Congressmen.

Washington's Shadiest Shoo-ins from Mother Jones

1. Joe Barton-R-Texas--Oil and gas companies received $6 billion in subsidies from Barton's energy act. He's also a leading advocate of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Big energy has dumped more than $1.84 million into Barton's coffers over the past decade, more than any other member of the House.

Key Moment: Last year, Barton launched an unprecedented congressional investigation into the work of Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes, three leading university-based climate researchers who had called for action on global warming.

2. Jerry Lewis, R-California

Key position, chairman of the House appropriations committee.

Key beneficiary: Former staffer Letitia White. She's been dubbed the "Queen of Earmarks" for her ability to lobby her old boss on behalf of defense contractors such as Trident Systems..

The FBI is investigating whether Lewis traded earmarks for illegal payments.

3. James Sensenbrenner-R-Wisconsin

Key Position: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

Key Legislation: 2001 Patriot Act

Key Beneficiary: Himself. Sensenbrenner ranks first among lawmakers in having private interests foot the bill for his travel costs--roughly $200,000 in the past six years.

4. Roy Blunt-R-Missouri.

Key Position: House Majority Whip

Key Legislation: Department of Homeland Security bill.

Key Beneficiary: Altria lobbyist Abigail Perlman. In 2002 Blunt was dating Perlman (whom he later married) when he tried to slip a provision into the Dept of Homeland Security bill that would have benefited the tobacco giant. Altria returned the favor by funneling close to $180,000 to PAC's controlled by Blunt, according to Public Citizen

5. Alan B. Mollohan-D-West Virginia

Key Position: Member of the House Appropriations Committee

Key Legislation: Veterans Affairs and HUD appropriations bills.

Key Beneficiary: His bank account. Between 2000 and 200r, Mollohan's personal net worth jumped from $562,000 to more than $6.3 million, a windfall he attributes to " a surge in real-estate values." As the Washington Post pointed out in April, this explanation fails to address " how he came to make many of his lucrative investments in partnership with Laura Kuhns, his former aide who now runs the Vandalia Heritage Foundation"--a nonprofit Mollohan set up to oversee some of his earmark projects. Mollohan is under federal investigation for making misstatements on his personal financial disclosures and for funneling millions of dollars in earmarks to companies that have donated to hisfamily foundation and other nonprofits he founded.


Joe Barton R-Texas Number one shadiest per Mother Jones

Jerry Lewis R-California

James Sensenbrenner R-Wisconsin Foams at the Mouth Award

Roy Blunt and his cigarette lobbiest bride Abigail Perlman

Allan B. Mollohan--Feathers Own Nest Award


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    • Aunt Jimi profile image

      Aunt Jimi 

      4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      An excellent start for a list of useless "ugly bags of mostly water," a description of humans in general by aliens on Star Trek. There are more, like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, etc. How could any of these people possibly redeem a character that doesn't exist?

    • AlexDrinkH2O profile image


      5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      "Pelosi and Boxer are outstanding. Reid is above average. Democrats are like sex, they only go from good to excellent!" Yeah, they're like sex . . . they want to F**K the country!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Congressmen Bought and Paid for by NRA

      The NRA's Favorite Congressmen

      The NRA is a big spender when it comes to lobbying and campaigns. ThinkProgress investigated the NRA’s contributions to Members of Congress and, lo and behold, the most heavily NRA-backed congressman are leading the charge against new gun violence

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Pelosi and Boxer are outstanding. Reid is above average. Democrats are like sex, they only go from good to excellent!

    • Man from Modesto profile image

      Man from Modesto 

      7 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      What happened to Pelosi, Reid, and Boxer? Boxer is at the forefront of holding back water from tens of thousands of acres of land- to protect a small pocket of fingerling fish from extinction... but the fish only arrived in California from China less than a decade ago!

      Signs by dry, cracking earth line parts of the highway decrying the fabricated California dust bowl. Meanwhile, people are starving all over the world.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Daniel, thanks for your comment. I'm a Democrat but "Esquire" and "The Nation" prepared the lists.

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      7 years ago

      this list is SO obviously biased. Don Young is Mr. Pork, but Robert Byrd, who has gotten more pork for his home state that Young could ever dream of, is not even mentioned? Also, you could replace Dennis Hastert's name with Harry Reid and it would still fit, since he does the same exact thing, but Reid gets a pass? For a national magazine, you guys are pretty ignorant.

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      L Ridge 

      8 years ago

      It just shows you how left wing and irrational Rolling Pebble is. Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, James Clybern and a host of others are out there. Light up another doobie, you idiots.

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      12 years ago

      you are most welcome~

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      12 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The ones that made both 10 worst lists must be really bad! Tnx for the link to Crew's list.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      12 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Click on the link! There are two pictures of each of the 10 Congressmen.

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      12 years ago

    • glassvisage profile image


      12 years ago from Northern California

      Needs pictures!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      12 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Click on the link and read for yourself why Rolling Stone thinks they are the worst. Aside from that, from what I've observed Rolling Stone is correct. Many of them are fundamentalist right-wing Christian wackos. Others are pawns of corporate contributors. One is a "pork" specialist. One appears to have taken $110k in

      bribes. Several have taken a severely punitive view of undocumented immigrants, etc.

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      12 years ago

      Why are they the worst?


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