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Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 96%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 96%
Paul Sarbanes 96%
Paul Wellstone 96%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
David Edward Bonior 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
Bob Filner 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
Major Owens 95%
Donald Payne 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Russ Feingold 94%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Thomas Allen 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
Howard Berman 92%
William Coyne 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
Karen McCarthy 92%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
John Edwards 90%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
Martin Meehan 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
Ed Towns 90%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Norm Dicks 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 85%
Patrick Kennedy 85%
Gerald Kleczka 85%
John LaFalce 85%
Robert Matsui 85%
Carrie Meek 85%
Dave Obey 85%
John Olver 85%
Earl Pomeroy 85%
Silvestre Reyes 85%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 84%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 84%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 84%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 84%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 84%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 84%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 81%
Dale Kildee 81%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 81%
Dennis Kucinich 81%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 81%
Steve Rothman 81%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 81%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
Karen Thurman 81%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 81%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 80%
Max Baucus 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 80%
Pete Stark 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 78%
Paul Kanjorski 78%
Tom Lantos 78%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 78%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 78%
Ciro Rodriguez 78%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 78%
James Davis 77%
Lane Evans 77%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
Vic Snyder 77%
Daniel Graham 76%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 76%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 76%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75%
Thomas Daschle 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75%
Martin Olav Sabo 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
Anthony Weiner 75%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 74%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
Barney Frank 73%
Jonas Frost III 73%
Daniel Inouye 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 73%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 73%
Ted Strickland 73%
Byron Dorgan 72%
Baron Hill 72%
Albert Wynn 72%
Julia Carson 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 71%
Robert Wexler 71%
Kent Conrad 70%
Bill Delahunt 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
William Luther 70%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
Bart Stupak 70%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 69%
Tony Hall 69%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%
Chet Edwards 68%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 68%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 68%
Michael McNulty 68%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 68%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Ernest Hollings 67%
William Jefferson 67%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 67%
Jack Murtha 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 66%
Rob Andrews 66%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 66%
Frank Mascara 65%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 65%
Mel Watt 65%
David Wu 65%
Brian Baird 64%
Evan Bayh 64%
Eva Clayton 64%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 64%
Rod Blagojevich 63%
Harold Ford, Jr. 63%
Darlene Hooley 63%
Joe Lieberman 63%
Alan Mollohan 63%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 63%
Thomas Holden 62%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
Jerry Costello 61%
Herb Kohl 61%
Nicholas Lampson 61%
James Turner 61%
Rick Boucher 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 60%

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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