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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 32%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 30%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 40%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 42%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 79%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 59%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 11%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 70%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 84%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 10%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 76%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 21%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 28%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 24%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 76%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 37%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 36%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 12%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 26%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 24%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 98%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 35%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 30%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 52%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 26%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 77%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 23%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 69%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 16%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 21%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 62%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 34%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 12%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 34%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 45%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 44%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 29%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 8%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 76%

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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