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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 70%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 57%
Brian Baird 86%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
Cass Ballenger 34%
James Barcia 37%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Charlie Bass 53%
Max Baucus 56%
Evan Bayh 66%
Bob Bennett 44%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 72%
Douglas Bereuter 43%
Shelley Berkley 76%
Howard Berman 83%
Marion Berry 42%
Judy Biggert 53%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
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%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
John Breaux 49%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 35%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 57%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 33%
Chris Cannon 0%
Julia Carson 94%
Mike Castle 61%
Eva Clayton 94%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 61%
Robert Clement 52%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 62%
Kent Conrad 57%
John Cooksey 36%
Jerry Costello 43%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 26%
Thomas Daschle 79%
James Davis 66%
Thomas Davis III 48%
Bill Delahunt 84%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
Norm Dicks 77%
Chris Dodd 79%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
Calvin Dooley 79%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 57%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 47%
John Edwards 66%
Chet Edwards 66%
Vern Ehlers 49%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 47%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Philip English 37%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 72%
Terry Everett 0%
Russ Feingold 66%
Bob Filner 94%
Peter Fitzgerald 45%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 68%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 39%
Barney Frank 94%
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%
Bart Gordon 55%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 66%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Mark Green 0%
James Greenwood 65%
Judd Gregg 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Tony Hall 50%
James Hansen 36%
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%
David Lee Hobson 40%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 79%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 40%
Ernest Hollings 66%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Stephen Horn 68%
John Nathan Hostettler 0%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 59%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 22%
Henry Hyde 39%
Daniel Inouye 79%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 26%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
William Jefferson 68%
James Merrill Jeffords 54%
William Lewis Jenkins 26%
Christopher John 23%
Nancy Johnson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 52%
Sue Kelly 57%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Dale Kildee 56%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Gerald Kleczka 65%
Joseph Knollenberg 23%
Herb Kohl 64%
James Kolbe 54%
Dennis Kucinich 56%
Jon Kyl 22%
John LaFalce 59%
Ray LaHood 43%
Nicholas Lampson 58%
Tom Lantos 79%
Stephen Largent 0%
Steve LaTourette 41%
James Leach 55%
Jerry Lewis 29%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 66%
Blanche Lincoln 61%
John Linder 0%
William Lipinski 43%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 47%
William Luther 72%
James Maloney 68%
Don Manzullo 26%
Frank Mascara 43%
Robert Matsui 84%
Karen McCarthy 86%
James McCrery III 32%
John McHugh 43%
Scott McInnis 36%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 79%
Michael McNulty 56%
Martin Meehan 79%
Carrie Meek 91%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 94%
Dan Miller 47%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 86%
Alan Mollohan 45%
Dennis Moore 65%
Constance Morella 79%
Frank Murkowski 10%
Jack Murtha 45%
Sue Myrick 0%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 37%

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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