Conservative Senator – #1 Mike Lee




Heritage Ranking: 100%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 100%
Conservative Review Ranking: 100%

Mike Lee is the only Member of the United States Senate to receive a perfect score from Heritage Action, the American Conservative Union and Conservative Ranking Review.

Lee was born in Provo, Utah on June 4, 1971 and he is the son of Rex E. Lee, the founding dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Lee’s childhood was divided between Utah and Mclean, Virginia, where his father served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General from 1975 until 1976.

After graduating from Timpview High School, Provo, Utah, in 1989, Lee attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, served as the president of BYUSA, and received a BS in political science in 1994.

Lee went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After finishing his clerkships, Lee joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sidley Austin, where he specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Lee returned to Utah to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, preparing briefs and arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He served as general counsel to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. from January 2005 until June 2006, when he returned to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Alito. Lee returned to private practice in Utah in 2007, joining the Salt Lake office of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Howrey LLP, and focused on courtroom advocacy and constitutional law.

His political career began when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Lee won the general election on November 2, 2010 with 62% of the vote versus Democrat Sam Granato’s 33% and Constitution Party candidate Scott Bradley’s 6%. He is currently running for re-election in 2016.

During his tenure as U.S. Senator, Lee has sponsored 45 bills, some of which include a bill to cut federal spending, cap future spending increases, and to seek ratification of a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, a bill to reduce the tax rate on foreign earnings from 35% to 5%, and a bill to prohibit either chamber of Congress from modifying the debt ceiling unless a budget is in effect.

In his private life, Lee is married and is the father of three children and he lives in Alpine, Utah.

A factoid that many people do not know is that Lee is a second cousin to former U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and current U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, as well as former Senator Gordon H. Smith of Oregon.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
Subcommittee on Water and Power

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Personnel
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

Joint Economic Committee

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.


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  • metheoldsarge

    One of the three Republicans that voted “NAY” on the NDAA. Plus factor in my book.

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  • Rosech Levy

    Would be great as Chief of Staff to complement Cruz and Trump.

  • Seldena

    Ted Cruz is the most Conservative to me. I love that he goes against the establishment and says what he thinks!

  • regulus30

    Mike Lee stands beside Cruz every time. They are the new America.

    • mspatdev

      They try to do their Constitutional jobs when McCain and other older senators tear them down. You old people had your time and now it is up to Lee and Cruz and others in the Senate. I would be classified in the older group, but I haven’t spent my life in the Senate with my greedy hands out. GO LEE, you are doing a Great Job and the people of Utah like and admire you. Thank-you.

      Also, there is a lot of people have said that you and Cruz shut the nation down. Well, You didn’t, because obama had that plan. Did any of you wonder why the National Parks had all of their signs up the very next day? Well obama started in January to get the signs ready for every single National Park in the USA. They were made and sent to all of the Parks in May. Waiting to have the signal sent by obama to put the signs out. Lee, Cruz and others, were trying to get obamacare out of the budget. That didn’t work and obama shut the government down. Then, as usual, he blamed and blamed and blamed the senate and the GOP. Every mistake obama did, he blamed, blamed, the GOP. obama wanted to shut down the w/h to the American people so that he could have Sharpton, the muslim brotherhoods come in and out as they darn well pleased. They do and we don’t.

      • regulus30

        not sure who you are directing your frustration at; the pronouns you are using seem to be dragging me into this?

        • mspatdev

          Some of the people of the USA was blaming these fine congress people that they brought down the government. It was not true. obama has a big plan for everything and when he wants to make problems for others, he does it in a big way. Then, as usual, he uses his blame game of blaming the GOP. He wants a one party demo system and he will have it if the people don’t wake up. I have learned how he operates since 2007.

          • regulus30

            I have decorated my truck with anti-obama stickers since I heard Jeremiah Wright spewing his anti-American garbage on TV in 2007. ;I find it hard to imagine the ignorance and blind ideological agenda that would even vote for this fool; you are right about waking up and saving this country from his communist style of governing ; [he is a diktater.

  • Kingdom Ambassador

    Thanks to Article 6, none of these are truly conservative.

    See blog article “Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?” at

  • newsnose

    Mike Lee would make an excellent Speaker of the House.