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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2001 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 95%
Jon Corzine 95%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
Paul Wellstone 95%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Gary Ackerman 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
Barney Frank 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
Carrie Meek 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
John Olver 90%
Major Owens 90%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90%
Donald Payne 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
Hilda Solis 90%
Pete Stark 90%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
Diane Watson 90%
Mel Watt 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
Thomas Allen 83%
Howard Berman 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Julia Carson 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 83%
Lane Evans 83%
Charlie Gonzalez 83%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 83%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 83%
Robert Matsui 83%
Karen McCarthy 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 83%
Martin Meehan 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 83%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 83%
Ellen Tauscher 83%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 83%
Anthony Weiner 83%
Robert Wexler 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 81%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 81%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 81%
Thomas Daschle 81%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 81%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 81%
Darlene Hooley 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
Daniel Inouye 81%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 81%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 81%
Herb Kohl 81%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 81%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 81%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 81%
Paul Sarbanes 81%
Ed Towns 81%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79%
William Jefferson 79%
Gerald Kleczka 79%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 79%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 79%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 79%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 78%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 78%
Rob Andrews 74%
Shelley Berkley 74%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 74%
Peter Deutsch 74%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 74%
Tom Lantos 74%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 74%
William Luther 74%
Constance Morella 74%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 74%
Ciro Rodriguez 74%
Steve Rothman 74%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
Jane Harman 72%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 72%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72%
Dennis Moore 72%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 72%
Rick Boucher 71%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 71%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 70%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 70%
Hillary Clinton 70%
Chris Dodd 70%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Harold Ford, Jr. 70%
Jonas Frost III 70%
Daniel Graham 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
Joe Lieberman 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 70%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 70%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 70%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69%
Calvin Dooley 69%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 69%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 69%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 68%
Norm Dicks 68%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 68%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 68%
Silvestre Reyes 68%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 68%
David Wu 67%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
David Edward Bonior 65%
Leonard Boswell 65%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 65%
James Davis 65%
Bob Etheridge 65%
Russ Feingold 65%
Ernest Hollings 65%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 65%
James Maloney 65%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 65%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 65%
Dave Obey 65%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 65%
Robert Torricelli 65%
Albert Wynn 65%
Benjamin Gilman 64%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
Ted Strickland 64%
Christopher Shays 63%
Brian Baird 62%
Gary Condit 62%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
Stephen Horn 62%
Nicholas Lampson 62%

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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