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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Radical Middle

2001-2002 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Bob Filner 75%
Barney Frank 75%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
Dennis Kucinich 70%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 65%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 65%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 65%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 65%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Maurice Hinchey 60%
Joe Lieberman 60%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 60%
Lynn Woolsey 60%
Jon Corzine 55%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 55%
Dale Kildee 55%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 55%
Donald Payne 55%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 55%
Pete Stark 55%
Joe Baca, Sr. 50%
Brian Baird 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Thomas Daschle 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
Bill Delahunt 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
Christopher Shays 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
Hilda Solis 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
Evan Bayh 45%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 45%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 45%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 45%
Harold Ford, Jr. 45%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 45%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 45%
Tom Lantos 45%
James Leach 45%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 45%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 45%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 45%
Jim Oberstar 45%
John Olver 45%
Major Owens 45%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
Thomas Allen 40%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 40%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 40%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Daniel Graham 40%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40%
Steve Rothman 40%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 40%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 40%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 40%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 40%
Robert Wexler 40%
Rob Andrews 35%
Douglas Bereuter 35%
Howard Berman 35%
John Breaux 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 35%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 35%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 35%
Philip English 35%
Bob Etheridge 35%
Russ Feingold 35%
Paul Gillmor 35%
James Greenwood 35%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 35%
Patrick Kennedy 35%
Nicholas Lampson 35%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 35%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 35%
Dennis Moore 35%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 35%
Rick Santorum 35%
Paul Sarbanes 35%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 35%
Vic Snyder 35%
Mark Souder 35%
Ed Towns 35%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 35%
David Wu 35%
Max Baucus 30%
Shelley Berkley 30%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 30%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
Jerry Costello 30%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
Vern Ehlers 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
William Frist 30%
Charlie Gonzalez 30%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
Melissa Hart 30%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 30%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 30%
Blanche Lincoln 30%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 30%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 30%
John McHugh 30%
Michael McNulty 30%
Martin Meehan 30%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 30%
Earl Pomeroy 30%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
Ciro Rodriguez 30%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 30%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 30%
Tom Tancredo 30%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 30%
Anthony Weiner 30%
Albert Wynn 30%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
Rick Boucher 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
Robert Cramer 25%
Norm Dicks 25%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
Lane Evans 25%
Mark Green 25%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 25%
Darlene Hooley 25%
Henry Hyde 25%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 25%
William Jefferson 25%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 25%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 25%
Steve LaTourette 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 25%
Dick Lugar 25%
Thomas William Osborne 25%
Todd Platts 25%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 25%
Denny Rehberg 25%
Mike Ross 25%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 25%
Olympia Snowe 25%
Ellen Tauscher 25%
Zach Wamp 25%
Diane Watson 25%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps 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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