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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6 p.m.

Ann Arbor's Rebekah Warren named 2012's most liberal member of the Michigan Senate

By Ryan J. Stanton

State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, has been named 2012's "Most Liberal Senator" by the MIRS News agency in Lansing for the second year in a row.

Warren said she considers it an honor to be recognized for her liberal voting record by one of the prominent news magazines covering the state Capitol.

"This distinction was determined by my votes to protect the women, families, workers and natural resources of our state," she wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.


Rebekah Warren

"In a climate where my votes to support public education, reproductive choice, clean air and water, and domestic partner benefits are too often cast in the face of overwhelming legislative obstacles, please know that I enter 2013 more determined than ever to keep fighting for the progressive values that will help us move Michigan forward for all of our citizens," she added.

The rankings were based on 36 roll call votes selected by MIRS and tabulated through an online tool on

While Warren was named the most liberal, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Livonia, was named the most conservative.

Warren also was named the most liberal voting member of the state House in 2010 and the most liberal senator in 2011.

The Ann Arbor-based 18th Senate District has historically featured the chamber's most liberal member. Ann Arbor's Liz Brater took the honor four times in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 before she retired and Warren took her place.

Warren told MIRS she's proud to be a liberal because liberals focus on "taking care of the world around us" and helping those in need by "creating a system of fair play."

She hasn't had much of a chance to further a liberal agenda with Republicans holding a 26-12 advantage in the Senate, though.

Warren attracted attention this year for her strong opposition to anti-abortion legislation put forward by her Republican colleagues. She offered up multiple amendments mocking it, including one requiring rectal exams before men could get a prescription for Viagra and another requiring that men be screened first to ensure they are not being coerced into having a vasectomy.

Warren also helped put on a rally in Lansing called "Vaginas Take Back the Capitol" after Republicans banned state Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, from publicly speaking in the House after she uttered the word "vagina" during a speech back in June.

To view Warren's voting record, visit

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Debra Adams

Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

You go girl!


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 1:47 a.m.

I bet she is a "real sweetheart" ....All at the taxpayers expense......


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

So proud she`s my Senator !! You go 'Becca'.... liberalism is where the nations heart is. Love you girl !!


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

Thank you, Rebekah, for being a voice for women amongst the roar of men.

Basic Bob

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:56 p.m.

Same nonsense, just a higher pitch.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

Wow who would have thought that the state's most liberal senator would come from Ann Arbor. Now that's news.

Roy Munson

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

Wouldn't you rather have a state Senator that works to get things done rather than stand on soapboxes trying to push an extremist ideology? Maybe one that actually represents the constituents? Or is the People's Republic of Ann Arbor really that hopeless?


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:36 p.m.

The tea party conservatives on this board are so full of hate. Disappointing yes, surprising no. It's no wonder the GOP can't pull it together...they are constantly fighting within their own party. Until the GOP rids themselves of whacko tea party members, they will not be taken seriously.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 11:09 p.m.

Ok and what exactly does that have to do with my comment about your comment ? Please tell me because I can't figure it out


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

Yes whackos. Senator Simpson (a Republican) said it best. Tea party members don't just want to limit government, they want to stop it completely. I called that some serious crazy thinking!


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 3:44 p.m.

" Conservatives" are the ones full of hate ? And" whacko tea party members "? nope that doesn't sound hateful at all.I guess that if someone doesn't agree with you they are hateful tea party members in your eyes


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:36 p.m.

The best thing is that Rep. Warren accepted the award with pride, saying she was glad to be the most liberal and what that means in terms of values and beliefs. Can't help but think what a contrast this is to '88 Dem candidate Michael Dukakis, who deeply hurt his campaign by not standing up for his own liberal beliefs.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

And I quote: Warren told MIRS she's proud to be a liberal because liberals focus on "taking care of the world around us" and helping those in need by "creating a system of fair play." Let me remind the good Senator. Equal "opportunity" does not mean equal "outcome". Everybody is given a chance in this country, BUT what you do with that chance is entirely up to the person. Remember that! :)

Unusual Suspect

Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 2:55 a.m.

Not quite that much, but what I have I got through hard work, not sitting around obsessing about how others got their money. If you go through life believing that you have less simply because others have more, you will go nowhere - both in terms of finances and happiness. Nobody is out to get you or keep you down - not me, not Paris Hilton, not Kim Kardashian, not Rick Snyder, not Mitt Romney, not the Koch brothers.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.

Thank you for spelling out that myth Suspect. I imagine you too have hundred of millions of dollars.

Unusual Suspect

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 4:08 p.m.

Enso, you have equal opportunity to get that much money. It will take hard work and determination, but there is nothing outside your own mind that is stopping you form doing it. Stop obsessing about what other people have an take care of your own situation.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

JBK... THAT'S the problem. Not everyone is given an equal chance in this country. Are you telling me the Paris Hilton's, Kim Kardashian's et al. of this world have the same resources as a poor white kid in the ghetto? AND Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian was BORN with that money. They did NOTHING to create it. How is that "equal opportunity?"

Unusual Suspect

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.



Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : noon

In other words, tied with Michigan's "Most Conservative" for the "most partisan member of our legislative body." Not sure if that's something I'd be proud of if my job were to work with people of varying viewpoints, values, hopes, dreams and aspirations to get things done.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:52 a.m.

Whoopie. What has she accomplished? You have two terms is it more important to get a meaningless title or get something done? I don't live in Liberal City, but because of district boundaries, I have a senator that is so far off the radar that it makes no sense to me to write her about anything. It's like having no representation. Typically that would not keep me from sending correspondence to my elected officials but her antics show she lacks the maturity to be taken seriously in regard to any state issue I may want to comment on to my reps.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 5:33 a.m.

I'm glad to have Warren representing us!

David Paris

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:58 a.m.

Keep up the good work Rebekah, we love you!

Ricardo Queso

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:07 a.m.

Planned Parenthood, Unions, Sierra Club, Welfare Recepients. Too bad you don't care about the producers.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:02 p.m.

Paris - you must have a government job paid for by the producers you so despise...........


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 3:50 a.m.

A Producer gave me a job. It allowed me to feed myself and my family. What has Ms Warren done for me?

David Paris

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

Producers? LOL. What has a "producer" done for YOU lately? Not Jack! "Producers" and "Job Creators" are code for "Gangsters", the people that rob society of all that is good.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:56 a.m.

How's that special "constitutional protection" for earth mothers nursing in public coming along? LOL


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.

I am shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you. Who would have imagined that the Senator from the Glorious People's Democratic Republic of Ann Arbor would be the most liberal Senator in the chamber. This is me, making my shocked face! While she retains her ideological purity, her effectiveness as a legislator is still zero.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

Ann Coulter is popular for all the wrong reasons....just like Rush Limbaugh.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:03 p.m.

SonnyDog09- If you aren't more careful, you'll be marked for re-education when the workers revolution finally arrives.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:48 a.m.

At least Ann Coulter is popular. I don't see Warren in the media anywhere.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

If you hurry, you can catch Ann Coulter doing another segment on Fox.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.

Ms Warren If liberals always take care of the world around them, why do they support policies that kill job creation? The focus should be on equal oppurtunity, not equal outcome.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

Like what? clean water. I would rather be able to drink clean water than work for Walmart.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

Not to mention advocating that women kill their own children.

John of Saline

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:35 a.m.

Wow, does she listen to her own quotes? She sounds REALLY full of herself.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:08 a.m.

"Most Liberal", "Most Conservative", but who won the "Most Impactful" or "Most Productive" awards?


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Those would be the governor, reps and senators funded by the Koch brothers, Mackinaw Institute, ALEC and a bunch of other Washington right wing think tanks. Money DOES buy votes, you see. They are producing, yes, but not producing anything they campaigned on and given Snyder's all-time-low popularity numbers, I'd say they are producing their own defeats ASAP.. Just because recalls failed does not mean they are popular with a majority of voters. This is why they are jamming through as much of the Washington-based, right wing agenda as they can in the lame duck session.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 3:23 a.m.

If the shoe fits.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:27 a.m.

That would be Gov Snyder, but he is not very popular in AA.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

Good thing we have term limits.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

Like a Republican would ever get elected in Senator Warren's District. That would happen like NEVER your point is? Maybe a true Independent one day, but Republican, after the Right to Work law? I have swamp land in Michigan to sell ya, if you think that would happen in this lifetime.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:26 p.m.

Keep spending we are not broke yey.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:19 a.m.

Because of Baseline budgeting, Washington spending goes up every year based on inflation and population growth. Currently government spending grows about 7% a year. I have e-mailed several times to ask them to do an article on how baseline budgeting works. Unfortunately, thye are for more spending and are not willing to bring out the truth about our budgeting process.

David Briegel

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

But we can afford ALL those wonderful tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:27 p.m.


David Briegel

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

Keep up the great work Sen Warren. Those TeaPublicons have greatly overplayed their hand and the tide will turn back towards a more sane and liberal State!


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

@ Mick, During those years, the ENTIRE COUNTRY was losing jobs.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:36 p.m.

warren and brater ...dumb and dumber


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 10:02 a.m.

You know that is all you have to hope for, that the state will change course like it did after eight horrendous years of Jennifer Granholm. During her liberal years Michigan lost jobs and population that cost Michigan an electoral vote. What irks me the most is even though I have understand that people can have differing political leanings, you folks never seem to put up a solution to Michigan's problems. What is the liberal solution to unemployment? Higher taxes to hire more public service employees? That is making cities go bankrupt. Bailouts? Where is the money going to come from? How would you solve the Detroit problem? I thought the EFM law was the perfect solution, but it got voted out. Now what? What do you propose to save Detroit? Detroit Public Schools? How about the Michigan cities that had EFMs? What is the liberal solution to solving these issues? Is it simply raise taxes? Give me some of your sanity and liberalism. I am willing to listen, but nobody who criticizes the republicans in Michigan offers an alternative solution to fix Michigan's problem. Keep in mind that during the Granholm years, business was not moving into Michigan, it moved out.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:57 p.m.

Are you as sure about that as you were about Snyder being recalled ?


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:16 p.m.

Wish she were our Senator.