Howard L. Berman's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Howard L. Berman
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Janis; 2 Children: Brinley, Lindsey
Birth Date: 04/15/1941
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Panorama City, CA
Religion: Jewish
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Liberal

2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75% 2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75% 2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Composite Score) 73% 2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Foreign) 70% 2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Economic) 77% 2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Social) 70% 2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83% 2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 17% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 17% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 65% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 65% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 74% 2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 92% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 80% 2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 85% 2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 81% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 71% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 87% 2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 7 2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 7 2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 59% 2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 59% 2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 84% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 91% 2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 91% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 88% 2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 76% 2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 70% 2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 75% 2008 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 77% 2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 60% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 60% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 67% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 67% 2007-2008 Progressive Democrats of America - Positions 44% 2007-2008 Progressive Democrats of America - Positions 44% 2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2007 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 82% 2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 72% 2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 86.3% 2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 92% 2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 66 2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 66 2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 91% 2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 85.8% 2006 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 94% 2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 69% 2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100% 2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100% 2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Social Issues 73% 2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Economic Issues 15% 2005-2006 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Conservative Action Score 0% 2005-2006 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Conservative Action Score 0% 2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2005 Hope for Peace and Justice - Positions 100 2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 67% 2005 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 88% 2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 85% 2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 81% 2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2004 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 83% 2004 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 88% 2004 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 75% 2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2003-2004 Democrats for Life of America - Positions 0% 2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 30% 2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100% 2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100% 2003 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 92% 2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 92% 2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 85% 2003 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 64% 2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83% 2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83% 2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 98% 2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 84% 2002 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 83% 2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 62% 2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 62% 2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90% 2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90% 2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 94% 2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 94% 2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 35% 2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 91% 2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 91% 2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 83% 2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 75% 2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 94% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 83% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 92% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 75% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 75% 1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 87% 1999 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 88% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 73% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 73% 1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 79% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 89% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 84% 1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71% 1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71% 1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85% 1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85% 1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80% 1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80% 1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 90% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 88% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 89% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 35% 1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 10% 1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 60%

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