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Rating Group: Radical Middle

2003-2004 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 10%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 35%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 30%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 40%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 35%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 25%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 35%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 35%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 30%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 35%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 25%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 35%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 15%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 15%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 30%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 40%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 15%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 5%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 15%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 35%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 15%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 45%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 35%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 30%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 35%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 10%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 25%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 30%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 15%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 10%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 10%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 5%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 45%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 5%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 35%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 50%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 35%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 30%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 15%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 55%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 20%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 35%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 25%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 25%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 15%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 30%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 15%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 35%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 40%

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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