WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Club for Growth today announced that no Pennsylvania state legislators scored high enough to be a “Defender of Economic Freedom” on the new Club for Growth Foundation’s 2020 Pennsylvania State Economic Scorecard.

Elected officials who, on the Foundation’s scorecard, score 90% or better in a given calendar year and maintain lifetime scores of 90% or better are recognized by the Club for Growth as Defenders of Economic Freedom.

“The Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard is already the gold standard in publishing the voting records of Senators and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on economic legislation, and the State Legislative Scorecards help educate citizens about which elected officials are champions of pro-growth policies at the state level.” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Republicans in the General Assembly worked to push back against Governor Wolf’s authoritarian pandemic and environmental policies. However, when you look deeper you’ll find that both Republicans and Democrats came together to pass a bloated budget supplemental and several smaller bills that will grow the size and scope of government over the long term. Sadly, taxpayers were poorly represented in Harrisburg last year.”

Key Takeaways on the 2020 Scorecard:

Pennsylvania Senate

Average Republican Score: 58%
Average Democrat Score: 24%
Average Independent Score: 44%
Highest-Rated Republicans: Sen. Scott Hutchinson (SD-21) – 83%

Sen. Doug Mastriano (SD-33) – 83%

Highest-Rated Democrat: Sen. Andrew Dinniman (SD-19) – 56%
Lowest-Rated Republican: Sen. Thomas Killion (SD-09) – 45%
Lowest-Rated Democrat: Sen. Art Haywood (SD-04) – 3%


Pennsylvania House

Average Republican Score: 54%
Average Democrat Score: 25%
Average Independent Score: 44%
Highest-Rated Republican: Rep. Andrew Lewis (HD-105) – 90%
Highest-Rated Democrat: Rep. Frank Burns (HD-072) – 61%
Lowest-Rated Republican: Rep. Todd Stephens (HD-151) – 34%
Lowest-Rated Democrat: Several with 0%


The Club for Growth Foundation also released its 2019 Pennsylvania scorecard. You can view it here.

The Club for Growth Foundation’s Pennsylvania legislative scorecard is similar to scorecards that the Foundation previously has released for Florida, Virginia, Missouri, New Mexico, Iowa, and Texas as part of its new state legislative vote study initiative. The Club for Growth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on educating the public about the value of free markets, pro-growth policies, and economic prosperity.