Kind ranked in bottom half of effective Congressmen
As always, most Americans will complain about Congress before re-electing their own member next Tuesday. A new survey says many of those lawmakers are not as effective as the folks back home might think.
A company that provides services to government relations people rates Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, as third most powerful member of the House. That's because he chairs the Judiciary Committee -- a post he'll have to leave in January by House rules.
Rep. David Obey, D-Wausau, ranks 26th, as the leading Democrat on the appropriations panel. Wisconsin Republicans Paul Ryan and Tom Petri also rank in the top half.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, is in the bottom half. The GOP's Mark Green ranks a low 275th. He says it's because of his run for governor.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, ranks 394th. She says she has devoted her time to serving her district instead of gaining power.
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, ranks near the bottom at 425. Moore said she brought home $87 million federal dollars in her first term -- and it will be a lot more if Democrats win the majority.
In the Senate, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, is ranked the 58th most effective among the 100. Democrat Russ Feingold is 67th, partially because of the times he spent considering a presidential run.