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Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ralph Regula 28%
Denny Rehberg 23%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Thomas Reynolds 24%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
Mike Ross 56%
Steve Rothman 68%
Jim Ryun 13%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 58%
Rick Santorum 20%
Paul Sarbanes 92%
Jim Saxton 28%
Edward Schrock 13%
John Shadegg 13%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 31%
Christopher Shays 51%
Donald Sherwood 15%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 52%
Ike Skelton 57%
Gordon Smith 46%
Nick Smith 42%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Vic Snyder 63%
Hilda Solis 95%
Mark Souder 33%
Arlen Specter 49%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
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%
Craig Thomas 11%
William Thomas 41%
Todd Tiahrt 18%
Ed Towns 86%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
James Turner 57%
George Voinovich 39%
James Walsh 41%
Zach Wamp 28%
John Warner 31%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 88%
Anthony Weiner 79%
David Weldon 17%
W. Curtis Weldon 48%
Gerald Weller 12%
Robert Wexler 74%
Heather Wilson 37%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
David Wu 70%
Albert Wynn 74%
Bill Young 19%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 70%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 98%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 69%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 82%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 77%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 97%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 84%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 79%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 31%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 52%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 67%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 59%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 69%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 73%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 76%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 70%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 27%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 14%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 44%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 8%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%

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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