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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 98%
Pete Stark 98%
Bob Filner 97%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
Diane Watson 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
Paul Sarbanes 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
Major Owens 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
Lane Evans 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
Julia Carson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
Hillary Clinton 87%
Jon Corzine 87%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
Barney Frank 86%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
Ed Towns 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
Bill Delahunt 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Russ Feingold 85%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 84%
Howard Berman 84%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 83%
Charlie Gonzalez 82%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 82%
Robert Matsui 82%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
Chris Dodd 81%
James Merrill Jeffords 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
Jim Oberstar 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 79%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 79%
Anthony Weiner 79%
Gary Ackerman 78%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
Joe Lieberman 78%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
Thomas Allen 77%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 77%
Karen McCarthy 77%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 77%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 76%
Kent Conrad 76%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 76%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 76%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 76%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
Jonas Frost III 75%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
Dave Obey 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
Tom Lantos 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
Robert Wexler 74%
Albert Wynn 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
Brian Baird 73%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
Daniel Inouye 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 72%
Patrick Kennedy 72%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
Norm Dicks 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
Darlene Hooley 70%
Dale Kildee 70%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 70%
David Wu 70%
Thomas Daschle 69%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 69%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 69%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Steve Rothman 68%
Bart Stupak 68%
Rob Andrews 67%
Rick Boucher 67%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 67%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 67%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
Peter Deutsch 66%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66%
William Jefferson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
Ted Strickland 66%
Ellen Tauscher 66%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
Herb Kohl 65%
Byron Dorgan 64%
Harold Ford, Jr. 64%
Nicholas Lampson 64%
Dennis Moore 64%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
Robert Byrd 63%
Calvin Dooley 63%
John Edwards 63%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Vic Snyder 63%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Daniel Graham 62%
Baron Hill 62%
Ernest Hollings 62%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 62%
James Davis 61%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 61%
Leonard Boswell 60%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
Alan Mollohan 60%
Evan Bayh 59%
Chet Edwards 59%

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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