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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 22%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 32%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 25%
AR U.S. Senate Sr 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%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 77%
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 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
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%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 59%
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%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 12%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 40%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 11%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 26%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 24%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 70%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 79%
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%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 35%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
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%
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%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 26%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 61%
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, Working Families 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. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 21%
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%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
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. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 28%
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%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 76%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
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 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. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 24%
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%
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%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
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%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 44%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
Neil Abercrombie 81%
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%
Spencer Bachus 17%
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%

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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