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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
Julia Carson 94%
Eva Clayton 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
Bob Filner 94%
Barney Frank 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 94%
John Olver 94%
Major Owens 94%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 94%
Martin Olav Sabo 94%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 94%
Pete Stark 94%
John Tierney 94%
Ed Towns 94%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Thomas Allen 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 91%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
Carrie Meek 91%
George Miller 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
Henry Waxman 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Brian Baird 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 86%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
Robert Wexler 85%
Bill Delahunt 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 84%
Robert Matsui 84%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 84%
Donald Payne 84%
Mel Watt 84%
Howard Berman 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 83%
Albert Wynn 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 79%
Lincoln Chafee 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
Thomas Daschle 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
Chris Dodd 79%
Calvin Dooley 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
Tom Harkin 79%
Joseph Hoeffel 79%
Daniel Inouye 79%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Tom Lantos 79%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
Carl Levin 79%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 79%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 79%
Martin Meehan 79%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 79%
Constance Morella 79%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 79%
Paul Sarbanes 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
Robert Torricelli 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 79%
Anthony Weiner 79%
Paul Wellstone 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 78%
Norm Dicks 77%
Charlie Gonzalez 77%
Rush Holt, Jr. 77%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 77%
Ed Pastor 77%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 77%
Shelley Berkley 76%
Darlene Hooley 76%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 74%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 74%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 74%
Jonas Frost III 74%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 74%
Carolyn McCarthy 74%
Dave Obey 74%
Ellen Tauscher 74%
Mark Udall 74%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 72%
Peter Deutsch 72%
Lane Evans 72%
William Luther 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 72%
Steve Rothman 72%
David Wu 72%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Ciro Rodriguez 71%
Rob Andrews 70%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 70%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 70%
Jim Moran, Jr. 70%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 70%
Vic Snyder 70%
Karen Thurman 70%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 68%
Harold Ford, Jr. 68%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 68%
Stephen Horn 68%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 68%
William Jefferson 68%
James Maloney 68%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 68%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
Evan Bayh 66%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
Sherwood Boehlert 66%
David Edward Bonior 66%
James Davis 66%
John Edwards 66%
Chet Edwards 66%
Russ Feingold 66%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 66%
Daniel Graham 66%
Ernest Hollings 66%
Nancy Johnson 66%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 66%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 66%
Joe Lieberman 66%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
Jay Rockefeller IV 66%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 66%
James Greenwood 65%
Gerald Kleczka 65%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 65%
Dennis Moore 65%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Benjamin Gilman 64%
Herb Kohl 64%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 64%
Earl Pomeroy 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 63%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Rick Boucher 62%
Gary Condit 62%
Jim Oberstar 62%
Christopher Shays 62%
Ted Strickland 62%
Mike Castle 61%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 61%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
Mary Landrieu 61%
Blanche Lincoln 61%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 61%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Mark Foley 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
Leonard Boswell 59%
John Dingell 59%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 59%

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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