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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
Gary Ackerman 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 70%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 57%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 86%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 70%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
Cass Ballenger 34%
James Barcia 37%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 74%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 53%
Max Baucus 56%
Evan Bayh 66%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Bob Bennett 44%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 72%
Douglas Bereuter 43%
Shelley Berkley 76%
Howard Berman 83%
Marion Berry 42%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 79%
Judy Biggert 53%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 66%
Kit Bond 22%
Henry Bonilla 40%
David Edward Bonior 66%
Mary Bono Mack 43%
Robert Borski, Jr. 54%
Leonard Boswell 59%
Rick Boucher 62%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 79%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 86%
John Breaux 49%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 35%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 26%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 57%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 23%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 34%
Ben Campbell 33%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
Julia Carson 94%
Mike Castle 61%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 79%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
Eva Clayton 94%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 61%
Robert Clement 52%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 62%
Kent Conrad 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
John Cooksey 36%
Jerry Costello 43%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 63%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
Randall Cunningham 26%
Thomas Daschle 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
James Davis 66%
Thomas Davis III 48%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 26%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 74%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 74%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 34%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
Norm Dicks 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 59%
Chris Dodd 79%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 91%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
Calvin Dooley 79%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 52%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 34%
Jennifer Dunn 47%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
John Edwards 66%
Chet Edwards 66%
Vern Ehlers 49%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 47%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
Philip English 37%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 78%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 72%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
Russ Feingold 66%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 66%
Bob Filner 94%
Peter Fitzgerald 45%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 68%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 39%
Barney Frank 94%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
William Frist 30%
Jonas Frost III 74%
Elton Gallegly 43%
John Ganske 47%
George Gekas 22%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 68%
Jim Gibbons 42%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 45%
Benjamin Gilman 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 77%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 55%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 66%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
James Greenwood 65%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
Tony Hall 50%
James Hansen 36%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 43%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 55%
Van Hilleary 0%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 70%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 69%
David Lee Hobson 40%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 79%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 40%
Ernest Hollings 66%

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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