America's Most Followed Members of Congress
by Palmer Gibbs
InsideGov turned to Twitter to discern America's most followed and favorite members of Congress.
Politics is a lot about popularity, whether it's among constituents or with deep-pocketed donors. While regular elections remain one good measurement of popularity, it isn't a good gauge for how well-liked someone is outside of her home district or state.
In order to discern which members of Congress are favored most by Americans, Graphiq politics site InsideGov turned to Twitter. InsideGov looked at the Twitter accounts of U.S. representatives and senators, and used each person's follower count to create a list of America's favorite politicians on Capitol Hill.
The full data set covers 532 members of Congress, and reflects follower counts as of June 21, 2016. The list goes from smallest to largest follower count.
25. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
Twitter handle: @amyklobuchar
Klobuchar has 78,786 Twitter followers.
24. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
Twitter handle: @RosLehtinen
Ros-Lehtinen has 79,170 Twitter followers.
23. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Twitter handle: @KeithEllison
Ellison has 79,926 Twitter followers.
22. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
Twitter handle: @SenatorBoxer
Boxer has 80,471 Twitter followers.
21. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
Twitter handle: @ChuckGrassley
Grassley has 99,289 Twitter followers.
20. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Twitter handle: @GrahamBlog
Graham has 103,197 Twitter followers.
19. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn.
Twitter handle: @ChrisMurphyCT
Murphy has 105,362 Twitter followers.
18. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Twitter handle: @RepJohnLewis
Lewis has 110,190 Twitter followers.
17. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
Twitter handle: @JasonInTheHouse
Chaffetz has 115,155 Twitter followers.
16. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
Twitter handle: @SenatorTimScott
Scott has 123,421 Twitter followers.
15. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Twitter handle: @SenSchumer
Schumer has 142,944 Twitter followers.
14. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Twitter handle: @SenGillibrand
Gillibrand has 177,167 Twitter followers.
13. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif.
Twitter handle: @DarrellIssa
Issa has 219,835 Twitter followers.
12. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
Twitter handle: @SenMikeLee
Lee has 228,859 Twitter followers.
11. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
Twitter handle: @alfranken
Franken has 245,647 Twitter followers.
10. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
Twitter handle: @TGowdySC
Gowdy has 276,537 Twitter followers.
9. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Twitter handle: @SenatorReid
Reid has 337,180 Twitter followers.
8. Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.
Twitter handle: @SpeakerRyan
Ryan has 682,402 Twitter followers.
7. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Twitter handle: @SenWarren
Warren has 715,810 Twitter followers.
6. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Twitter handle: @SenTedCruz
Cruz has 784,497 Twitter followers.
5. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Twitter handle: @NancyPelosi
Pelosi has 807,559 Twitter followers.
4. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Twitter handle: @RandPaul
Paul has 864,252 Twitter followers.
3. Sen. Cory A. Booker, D-N.J.
Twitter handle: @CoryBooker
Booker has 1,654,204 Twitter followers.
2. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Twitter handle: @SenJohnMcCain
McCain has 2,013,646 Twitter followers.
1. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.
Twitter handle: @SenSanders
Sanders has 2,149,022 Twitter followers.
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