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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Radical Middle

2001-2002 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 30%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 40%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 40%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 35%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 35%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 30%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 15%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 30%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 10%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 15%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 0%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 15%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 15%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 35%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 10%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 65%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 40%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 45%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 45%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 30%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 35%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 35%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 35%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 45%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 40%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 10%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 30%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 15%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 45%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 10%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 30%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 55%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 30%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 5%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 55%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 15%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 15%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 15%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 30%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 60%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 35%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 65%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 25%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 10%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 40%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 35%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 5%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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