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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Howard Berman 98%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 98%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 98%
Pete Stark 98%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
Hilda Solis 97%
Ed Towns 97%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 97%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
Bob Filner 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
Donald Payne 94%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 94%
Martin Olav Sabo 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
Lane Evans 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
Barney Frank 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 84%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 84%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 84%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 84%
Robert Matsui 84%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 84%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 84%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 84%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 84%
Lynn Woolsey 84%
Gary Ackerman 83%
Julia Carson 83%
Bill Delahunt 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 83%
Diane Watson 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 82%
Hillary Clinton 82%
Jon Corzine 82%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
Russ Feingold 82%
Maurice Hinchey 82%
James Merrill Jeffords 82%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
Joe Lieberman 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 82%
Paul Sarbanes 82%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 81%
Kent Conrad 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 77%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 77%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 76%
Thomas Allen 74%
Rob Andrews 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 74%
Brian Baird 74%
Shelley Berkley 74%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 74%
Norm Dicks 74%
Calvin Dooley 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
Jonas Frost III 74%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 74%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
Tom Lantos 74%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 74%
Karen McCarthy 74%
Martin Meehan 74%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 74%
Major Owens 74%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 74%
Ciro Rodriguez 74%
Steve Rothman 74%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 74%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 74%
Anthony Weiner 74%
Robert Wexler 74%
Rick Boucher 73%
Peter Deutsch 73%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 72%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 71%
Thomas Daschle 68%
Chris Dodd 68%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 68%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
Jane Harman 67%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
Daniel Inouye 67%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 67%
Dennis Moore 67%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
Ellen Tauscher 67%
Albert Wynn 67%
Max Baucus 66%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 66%
William Jefferson 66%
Patrick Kennedy 66%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 66%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
Dennis Kucinich 65%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 65%
David Wu 65%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 64%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 64%
James Davis 63%
Bob Etheridge 63%
Gerald Kleczka 63%
Herb Kohl 63%
Dave Obey 63%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 63%
Vic Snyder 63%
John Spratt, Jr. 63%
James Greenwood 62%
Baron Hill 62%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 62%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 62%
Sherwood Boehlert 61%
Chet Edwards 61%
Nancy Johnson 61%
Nicholas Lampson 61%
Silvestre Reyes 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 59%
Christopher Shays 59%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 59%
Ted Strickland 59%
Mike Castle 58%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 58%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 58%
Michael McNulty 58%
Evan Bayh 56%
Judy Biggert 56%
Leonard Boswell 56%

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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