The Sunlight Foundation released a report today that finds the gradel level of congressional speeches has dropped from a high of 11.5 grade in 2005 to 10.6 grade level. It also analyzes what grade level members of Congress are speaking at when they take to the floor.
The researchers analyzed the complete Congressional Record since 1996 They used the Flesch-Kincaid test to do the analysis, which equates higher-grade levels with longer words and longer sentences.The member of Minnesota's congressional delegation with the lowest score was 5th District DFL Rep. Keith Ellison of Minneapolis with a 9.3 grade level. Taking the top spot was 4th District DFL Rep. Betty McCollum from St. Paul. Below are the scores for the entire Minnesota congressional delegation from lowest to highest.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison: 9.3
GOP. Rep. Michele Bachmann: 9.52
DFL Sen. Al Franken: 9.98
DFL Rep. Tim Walz: 10.06
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 10.24
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson: 10.41
GOP Rep. John Kline: 11.09
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack: 11.17
GOP. Rep. Erik Paulsen: 11.93
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum: 12.71