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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 74%
Rob Andrews 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 74%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Brian Baird 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 32%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 66%
Evan Bayh 56%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 48%
Shelley Berkley 74%
Howard Berman 98%
Marion Berry 53%
Judy Biggert 56%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 61%
Kit Bond 42%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Mary Bono Mack 49%
Leonard Boswell 56%
Rick Boucher 73%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 54%
John Breaux 55%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 32%
Steve Buyer 38%
Robert Byrd 50%
Dave Camp 0%
Ben Campbell 0%
Chris Cannon 30%
Eric Cantor 0%
Brad Carson 56%
Julia Carson 83%
Mike Castle 58%
Linc Chafee 46%
Hillary Clinton 82%
Howard Coble 25%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Kent Conrad 77%
Jon Corzine 82%
Jerry Costello 50%
Christopher Cox 30%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 30%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 68%
James Davis 63%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 39%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 73%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Norm Dicks 74%
John Dingell 66%
Chris Dodd 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 74%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 56%
David Dreier 39%
Jennifer Dunn 43%
John Edwards 56%
Chet Edwards 61%
Vern Ehlers 48%
Jo Ann Emerson 30%
Philip English 32%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 63%
Lane Evans 84%
Terry Everett 0%
Russ Feingold 82%
Michael Ferguson 46%
Bob Filner 94%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
Mark Foley 47%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 37%
Barney Frank 84%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 74%
Elton Gallegly 25%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 72%
Jim Gibbons 39%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 29%
Charlie Gonzalez 84%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 32%
Daniel Graham 50%
Mark Green 25%
James Greenwood 62%
Judd Gregg 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 25%
Charles Hagel 0%
Ralph Hall 25%
Tom Harkin 76%
Jane Harman 67%
Melissa Hart 29%
Doc Hastings 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 62%
Maurice Hinchey 82%
David Lee Hobson 39%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 74%
Pete Hoekstra 38%
Thomas Holden 44%
Ernest Hollings 52%
Rush Holt, Jr. 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
John Nathan Hostettler 32%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 58%
Kenny Hulshof 25%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 0%
Daniel Inouye 67%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 84%
William Jefferson 66%
James Merrill Jeffords 82%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 48%
Nancy Johnson 61%
Tim Johnson 44%
Timothy Johnson 77%
Paul Kanjorski 54%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 52%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 82%
Mark Kennedy 0%
Patrick Kennedy 66%
Dale Kildee 53%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
Jack Kingston 0%
Gerald Kleczka 63%
Joseph Knollenberg 38%
Herb Kohl 63%
James Kolbe 56%
Dennis Kucinich 65%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 32%
Nicholas Lampson 61%
Mary Landrieu 64%
Tom Lantos 74%
Tom Latham 39%
Steve LaTourette 44%
James Leach 54%
Carl Levin 82%
Jerry Lewis 37%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 82%
Blanche Lincoln 52%
John Linder 0%
William Lipinski 48%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Ken Lucas 0%
Dick Lugar 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Matheson 65%
Robert Matsui 84%
Carolyn McCarthy 67%
Karen McCarthy 74%
James McCrery III 25%
John McHugh 0%
Scott McInnis 0%
Mike McIntyre 51%
Buck McKeon 32%
Michael McNulty 58%
Martin Meehan 74%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 81%
Zell Bryan Miller 54%
Alan Mollohan 52%
Dennis Moore 67%
Jim Moran, Jr. 74%
Jack Murtha 52%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 49%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 0%

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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