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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Radical Middle

2003-2004 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
Joe Lieberman 65%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
James Leach 60%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 60%
Lynn Woolsey 60%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 55%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 55%
Christopher Shays 55%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 55%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
Barney Frank 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
Dick Lugar 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
John Olver 50%
Todd Platts 50%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
Thomas Allen 45%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 45%
Mike Castle 45%
Bob Filner 45%
Maurice Hinchey 45%
Nancy Johnson 45%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 45%
Donald Payne 45%
Olympia Snowe 45%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 45%
Robert Wexler 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 40%
Edward Case 40%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
Hillary Clinton 40%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Philip English 40%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 40%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 40%
Sue Kelly 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 40%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 40%
Vic Snyder 40%
Ed Towns 40%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
Brian Baird 35%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 35%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 35%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 35%
Jon Corzine 35%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 35%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 35%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 35%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 35%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 35%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 35%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 35%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 35%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 35%
Dennis Moore 35%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 35%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 35%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 35%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 35%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 35%
Diane Watson 35%
Albert Wynn 35%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 30%
Gary Ackerman 30%
Max Baucus 30%
Shelley Berkley 30%
Howard Berman 30%
Michael Bilirakis 30%
Leonard Boswell 30%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 30%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 30%
Dennis Cardoza 30%
Norm Coleman 30%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 30%
James Davis 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 30%
Harold Ford, Jr. 30%
Henry Hyde 30%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 30%
William Jefferson 30%
James Merrill Jeffords 30%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 30%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 30%
Ray LaHood 30%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 30%
Frank Lautenberg 30%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 30%
Blanche Lincoln 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 30%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 30%
Robert Matsui 30%
Michael McNulty 30%
Martin Meehan 30%
Jim Oberstar 30%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 30%
Earl Pomeroy 30%
James Ramstad 30%
Steve Rothman 30%
Gordon Smith 30%
James Walsh 30%
Gerald Weller 30%
Heather Wilson 30%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 30%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 25%
Evan Bayh 25%
Marion Berry 25%
Judy Biggert 25%
Jeff Bingaman 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 25%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
Christopher Cox 25%
Robert Cramer 25%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 25%
Byron Dorgan 25%
David Dreier 25%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
Bob Etheridge 25%
Mark Foley 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 25%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 25%
Darlene Hooley 25%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
Patrick Kennedy 25%
James Kolbe 25%
Dennis Kucinich 25%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 25%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
Ben Nelson 25%
Thomas William Osborne 25%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 25%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 25%
Deborah Pryce 25%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 25%
Rick Santorum 25%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 25%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 25%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 25%
Hilda Solis 25%
Mark Souder 25%
John Spratt, Jr. 25%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 25%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 25%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 25%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 25%
David Wu 25%
Rob Andrews 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Charlie Bass 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
Jim Bunning 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 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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