Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 81%
Gary Ackerman 78%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 25%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 84%
Todd Akin 8%
Wayne Allard 15%
George Allen 27%
Thomas Allen 77%
Rob Andrews 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 17%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 94%
Cass Ballenger 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 32%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 17%
Charlie Bass 42%
Max Baucus 58%
Evan Bayh 59%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 92%
Bob Bennett 17%
Douglas Bereuter 41%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 57%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 75%
Judy Biggert 35%
Michael Bilirakis 19%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 58%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 85%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 8%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 27%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 14%
Mary Bono Mack 44%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 20%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 67%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 93%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 14%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 83%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 83%
Henry Brown, Jr. 21%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 18%
Jim Bunning 23%
Conrad Burns 24%
Dan Burton 30%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 63%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 16%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 14%
Ben Campbell 31%
Chris Cannon 25%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 10%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 76%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 44%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 72%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 85%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 70%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 65%
Brad Carson 55%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 45%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 16%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 50%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 83%
Hillary Clinton 87%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 92%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 30%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 20%
Michael Collins 21%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 47%
Larry Combest 19%
Kent Conrad 76%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 98%
Jon Corzine 87%
Jerry Costello 56%
Christopher Cox 33%
Larry Craig 17%
Robert Cramer 51%
Philip Crane 14%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 24%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 8%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 70%
Barbara Cubin 11%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 8%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 78%
Randall Cunningham 22%
Thomas Daschle 69%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 89%
James Davis 61%
Jo Ann Davis 23%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 73%
Thomas Davis III 31%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 87%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 17%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 76%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 95%
Bill Delahunt 85%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
Thomas DeLay 12%
Peter Deutsch 66%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 35%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 37%
Norm Dicks 71%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 78%
Chris Dodd 81%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 86%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 63%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 64%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 69%
David Dreier 40%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 27%
Jennifer Dunn 32%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 91%
John Edwards 63%
Chet Edwards 59%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 34%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 73%
Philip English 29%
John Ensign 26%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 17%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 79%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 18%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 89%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 91%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 73%
Michael Ferguson 40%
Bob Filner 97%
Peter Fitzgerald 33%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 42%
Mark Foley 35%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 17%
Harold Ford, Jr. 64%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Barney Frank 86%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 44%
William Frist 13%
Jonas Frost III 75%
Elton Gallegly 29%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 76%
Jim Gibbons 24%
Wayne Gilchrest 49%
Paul Gillmor 28%
Charlie Gonzalez 82%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 31%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 15%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 29%
Daniel Graham 62%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 15%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 21%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 20%
Mark Green 28%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 70%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 29%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 82%
Gilbert Gutknecht 38%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 17%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 38%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 83%
Jane Harman 59%
Melissa Hart 18%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 89%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 12%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 24%
Robert Hayes 21%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 8%
Joel Hefley 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Baron Hill 62%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 66%
David Lee Hobson 27%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 76%
Pete Hoekstra 34%
Thomas Holden 52%
Ernest Hollings 62%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 75%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 96%
Darlene Hooley 70%
John Nathan Hostettler 43%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 53%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 75%
Kenny Hulshof 27%
Duncan Hunter 30%
Kay Hutchison 15%
Henry Hyde 21%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 17%
Daniel Inouye 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 78%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 61%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 26%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 19%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 94%
William Jefferson 66%
James Merrill Jeffords 81%
William Lewis Jenkins 15%
Christopher John 51%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 83%
Nancy Johnson 55%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 8%
Tim Johnson 44%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 67%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 35%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 77%
Ric Keller 11%
Sue Kelly 36%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
Mark Kennedy 20%
Patrick Kennedy 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 87%
Dale Kildee 70%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 70%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 26%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 15%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 40%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
Joseph Knollenberg 22%
Herb Kohl 65%
James Kolbe 35%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
Jon Kyl 11%
Ray LaHood 35%
Nicholas Lampson 64%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 57%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 69%
Tom Lantos 74%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 66%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 78%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 36%
Steve LaTourette 44%
James Leach 57%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 91%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 97%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 84%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 79%
Jerry Lewis 31%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 97%
Ron Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 78%
Blanche Lincoln 53%
John Linder 8%
William Lipinski 53%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 45%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 80%
Trent Lott, Sr. 13%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 74%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 8%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 31%
Dick Lugar 22%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 74%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 73%
Don Manzullo 30%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 87%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 62%
Robert Matsui 82%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 40%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 60%
Karen McCarthy 77%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 82%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 11%
James McCrery III 21%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 96%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 93%
John McHugh 28%
Scott McInnis 20%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 52%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 22%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 77%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 80%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 73%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 10%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 87%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 8%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 91%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 15%
Zell Bryan Miller 37%
Alan Mollohan 60%
Dennis Moore 64%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 67%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 34%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 75%
Jack Murtha 58%
Sue Myrick 15%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 89%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 80%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 75%
Ben Nelson 48%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 59%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 22%
Robert William Ney 20%
Don Nickles 11%
Anne Northup 27%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 18%
James Nussle 34%
Jim Oberstar 80%
Dave Obey 75%
John Olver 92%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 58%
Thomas William Osborne 34%
Doug Ose 39%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 29%
Major Owens 91%
Michael Oxley 17%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 75%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 69%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 83%
Ron Paul 52%
Donald Payne 95%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 89%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 14%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 51%
John Peterson 28%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 45%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 20%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 16%
Todd Platts 40%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 55%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 21%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 73%
Deborah Pryce 33%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 8%
Jack Quinn 42%
George Radanovich 30%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 67%
James Ramstad 42%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 93%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 92%
Ralph Regula 28%
Denny Rehberg 23%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 76%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Thomas Reynolds 24%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 13%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 77%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 24%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 20%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 38%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 37%
Mike Ross 56%
Steve Rothman 68%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 91%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 17%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 87%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 34%
Jim Ryun 13%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 73%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 91%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 58%
Rick Santorum 20%
Paul Sarbanes 92%
Jim Saxton 28%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 94%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 70%
Edward Schrock 13%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 85%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 86%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 33%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 91%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 30%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 8%
John Shadegg 13%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 31%
Christopher Shays 51%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 32%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 72%
Donald Sherwood 15%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 25%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 15%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 52%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 12%
Ike Skelton 57%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 89%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 64%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 40%
Gordon Smith 46%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 21%
Nick Smith 42%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Vic Snyder 63%
Hilda Solis 95%
Mark Souder 33%
Arlen Specter 49%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 81%
Pete Stark 98%
Cliff Stearns 23%
Charles Stenholm 49%
Ted Stevens 25%
Ted Strickland 66%
Bart Stupak 68%
John Sullivan 17%
John Sweeney 31%
Tom Tancredo 28%
John Tanner 54%
Ellen Tauscher 66%
William Tauzin 12%
Charles Taylor 27%
Gene Taylor 49%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 40%
Craig Thomas 11%
William Thomas 41%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 77%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 77%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 21%
Todd Tiahrt 18%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 21%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 91%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 28%
Ed Towns 86%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
James Turner 57%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 79%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 86%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 39%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 89%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 78%
George Voinovich 39%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 23%
James Walsh 41%
Zach Wamp 28%
John Warner 31%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 95%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 88%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 84%
Anthony Weiner 79%
David Weldon 17%
W. Curtis Weldon 48%
Gerald Weller 12%
Robert Wexler 74%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 26%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 10%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 21%
Heather Wilson 37%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 34%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
David Wu 70%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 78%
Albert Wynn 74%
Bill Young 19%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 22%

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