Your Congressperson Is So Dumb, He Speaks at a Ninth-Grade Level
May 21, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
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The Sunlight Foundation, an organization dedicated to transparency in government, has analyzed 17 years of Congressional speech (per the Congressional Record) and found that the Flesch-Kincaid grade level
of speech on the floor of the House and Senate has dropped by nearly a full year in the last decade
While Republicans spoke at a slightly higher grade level than Democrats in the late 1990s, they plunged half a grade between 2006 and 2007, while the Democrats rose after retaking both houses of Congress. Democrats dropped almost as much in 2010, but both parties bounced up the next year for the first time since 2005.
The highest Flesch-Kincaid score of any member of Congress was Rep. Dan Lungren (R-California)
at a whopping 20.5, crushing his nearest rival by nearly five years. In the Senate, highest honors went to Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)
at 15.1. The lowest in Congress was Rep. Connie Mack
at 6.7, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
at the bottom of the upper house at 8.0.