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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
Bob Filner 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Major Owens 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
Pete Stark 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
Michael McNulty 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Julia Carson 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Donald Payne 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 89%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 87%
Joe Lieberman 87%
Gary Ackerman 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 86%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
Dave Obey 86%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 86%
Robert Wexler 86%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 85%
Anthony Weiner 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 84%
Martin Meehan 84%
Ciro Rodriguez 84%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84%
Howard Berman 83%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
Gerald Kleczka 82%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
Bill Delahunt 81%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 81%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 77%
Jonas Frost III 77%
Charlie Gonzalez 77%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 77%
Robert Matsui 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
John Spratt, Jr. 77%
Bart Stupak 77%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 77%
Thomas Allen 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
Karen McCarthy 76%
Mel Watt 76%
Tom Lantos 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 74%
Martin Olav Sabo 74%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 74%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 73%
Jon Corzine 73%
Thomas Daschle 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
Russ Feingold 73%
Daniel Graham 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 72%
James Merrill Jeffords 72%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 71%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 70%
Daniel Inouye 70%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 70%
Steve Rothman 70%
Ted Strickland 70%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 69%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 69%
Albert Wynn 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 68%
Brian Baird 68%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 68%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 68%
Ellen Tauscher 68%
Ed Towns 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
Peter Deutsch 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
John Edwards 66%
Ernest Hollings 66%
Jack Murtha 66%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 66%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 66%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Rob Andrews 64%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 64%
Alan Mollohan 64%
David Wu 64%
James Davis 63%
Nicholas Lampson 63%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 63%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 63%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 62%
Jerry Costello 62%
William Jefferson 62%
Dennis Moore 62%
Shelley Berkley 61%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Harold Ford, Jr. 61%
Baron Hill 61%
Darlene Hooley 61%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 60%
Robert Byrd 59%
Kent Conrad 59%
Herb Kohl 59%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 59%
William Lipinski 59%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 59%
Ike Skelton 59%
Vic Snyder 59%
Evan Bayh 58%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 58%
Thomas Holden 58%

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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