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Jim Costa's Ratings and Endorsements

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 16, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 16

Liberal

2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 55%
2013 National Journal - Liberal (Composite) 57%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Foreign) 58%
2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Composite Score) 60%
2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Social) 62%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 59%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 56%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 53%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 54%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 53%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 50%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 59%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 59.5%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 59.2%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 58%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 33%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2005 Hope for Peace and Justice - Positions 100
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 75%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 60%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 60%

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