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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 84%
Todd Akin 8%
Wayne Allard 15%
George Allen 27%
Thomas Allen 77%
Rob Andrews 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
Cass Ballenger 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 32%
Charlie Bass 42%
Max Baucus 58%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Bennett 17%
Douglas Bereuter 41%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 57%
Judy Biggert 35%
Michael Bilirakis 19%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 14%
Mary Bono Mack 44%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
John Breaux 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 21%
Jim Bunning 23%
Conrad Burns 24%
Dan Burton 30%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 63%
Ben Campbell 31%
Chris Cannon 25%
Eric Cantor 10%
Brad Carson 55%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 45%
Hillary Clinton 87%
Michael Collins 21%
Larry Combest 19%
Kent Conrad 76%
Jon Corzine 87%
Jerry Costello 56%
Christopher Cox 33%
Larry Craig 17%
Robert Cramer 51%
Philip Crane 14%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Randall Cunningham 22%
Thomas Daschle 69%
James Davis 61%
Jo Ann Davis 23%
Thomas Davis III 31%
Bill Delahunt 85%
Thomas DeLay 12%
Peter Deutsch 66%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 37%
Norm Dicks 71%
Chris Dodd 81%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 63%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 64%
David Dreier 40%
Jennifer Dunn 32%
John Edwards 63%
Chet Edwards 59%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 34%
Philip English 29%
John Ensign 26%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 18%
Russ Feingold 85%
Michael Ferguson 40%
Bob Filner 97%
Peter Fitzgerald 33%
Mark Foley 35%
Harold Ford, Jr. 64%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Barney Frank 86%
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%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 29%
Daniel Graham 62%
Mark Green 28%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 29%
Gilbert Gutknecht 38%
Jane Harman 59%
Melissa Hart 18%
Robert Hayes 21%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 8%
Joel Hefley 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Baron Hill 62%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
David Lee Hobson 27%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 76%
Pete Hoekstra 34%
Thomas Holden 52%
Ernest Hollings 62%
Darlene Hooley 70%
John Nathan Hostettler 43%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 53%
Kenny Hulshof 27%
Duncan Hunter 30%
Kay Hutchison 15%
Henry Hyde 21%
Daniel Inouye 73%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 19%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
William Jefferson 66%
James Merrill Jeffords 81%
William Lewis Jenkins 15%
Christopher John 51%
Nancy Johnson 55%
Tim Johnson 44%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
Ric Keller 11%
Sue Kelly 36%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
Mark Kennedy 20%
Patrick Kennedy 72%
Dale Kildee 70%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
Joseph Knollenberg 22%
Herb Kohl 65%
James Kolbe 35%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
Jon Kyl 11%
Ray LaHood 35%
Nicholas Lampson 64%
Tom Lantos 74%
Steve LaTourette 44%
James Leach 57%
Jerry Lewis 31%
Ron Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 78%
Blanche Lincoln 53%
John Linder 8%
William Lipinski 53%
Trent Lott, Sr. 13%
Dick Lugar 22%
Don Manzullo 30%
Robert Matsui 82%
Karen McCarthy 77%
James McCrery III 21%
John McHugh 28%
Scott McInnis 20%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 77%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
Zell Bryan Miller 37%
Alan Mollohan 60%
Dennis Moore 64%
Jack Murtha 58%
Sue Myrick 15%
Ben Nelson 48%
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%
Major Owens 91%
Michael Oxley 17%
Ron Paul 52%
Donald Payne 95%
John Peterson 28%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 20%
Todd Platts 40%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 55%
Deborah Pryce 33%
Jack Quinn 42%
George Radanovich 30%
James Ramstad 42%

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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