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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1999 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 13%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 88%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 47%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 41%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 37%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 23%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 66%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 4%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 76%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 76%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 56%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 81%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 41%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 19%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 32%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 64%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 87%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 87%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 3%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 32%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 76%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 44%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 87%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 4%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 35%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 29%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 61%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 58%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 37%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 4%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 44%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 4%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 39%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 4%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 37%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 54%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 4%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 87%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 29%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 16%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 35%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 19%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 12%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 24%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 69%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 83%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 46%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 19%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 81%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 87%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 19%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 79%
Neil Abercrombie 87%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 36%
Gary Ackerman 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Wayne Allard 6%
Thomas Allen 87%
Rob Andrews 71%
Bill Archer 16%
Richard Armey 4%
John Ashcroft 21%
Spencer Bachus 16%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 34%
Brian Baird 68%
Richard Hugh Baker 10%
Cass Ballenger 32%
James Barcia 44%
Bob Barr, Jr. 10%
Bill Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 52%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 42%
Max Baucus 59%
Evan Bayh 62%
Bob Bennett 36%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Shelley Berkley 73%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 48%
Judy Biggert 58%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 19%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
Rod Blagojevich 74%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
John Boehner 23%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 40%
David Edward Bonior 66%
Mary Bono Mack 46%
Robert Borski, Jr. 57%
Leonard Boswell 56%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
John Breaux 52%
Richard Bryan 81%
Ed Bryant 4%
Jim Bunning 8%
Conrad Burns 3%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 4%

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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