Does California's delegation in the House of Representatives lean to the left? So it would seem from an exhaustive ranking of 435 House members on their ideological positioning by the authoritative National Journal.
Five California Democrats are tied with nine Democrats from other states for the title of "most liberal," based on their voting records in 2012.
However, when it comes to "most conservative," the highest any Californian - San Diego County Republican Duncan Hunter - ranked was 18th.
California Democrats Mike Honda of Campbell, Barbara Lee of Oakland, Linda Sanchez of Cerritos, Lynn Woolsey of San Rafael and Pete Stark of Oakland were among those tied for "most liberal" with 94.5 percent liberal voting records. Woolsey has since retired and Stark was defeated for re-election in 2012 by another Democrat.
Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass just missed the top rank and wound up 15th on the list while Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles was 20th, Sam Farr of Salinas was 22nd and Henry Waxman of Los Angeles was 26th.
The magazine released rankings down to 26th place Tuesday and Hunter was the only Californian on the conservative list to that level. Complete rankings will be released later in the week.