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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 82%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 5%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 53%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 92%
Rob Andrews 78%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Brian Baird 72%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 88%
Cass Ballenger 30%
J. Gresham Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 24%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Charlie Bass 48%
Max Baucus 79%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Beauprez 24%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
Chris Bell 66%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 48%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 92%
Marion Berry 55%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
Judy Biggert 52%
Michael Bilirakis 30%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 17%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 14%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 5%
Mary Bono Mack 49%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 17%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Rick Boucher 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 59%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
John Breaux 54%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 81%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 13%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 5%
Conrad Burns 0%
Max Burns 5%
Dan Burton 23%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 79%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 45%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 78%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 47%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Dennis Cardoza 62%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 59%
Brad Carson 58%
Julia Carson 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 84%
Mike Castle 59%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 24%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 51%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Chris Chocola 5%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
Hillary Clinton 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 74%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 17%
Norm Coleman 0%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
Kent Conrad 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 64%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Jon Corzine 85%
Jerry Costello 55%
Christopher Cox 13%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 53%
Philip Crane 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 71%
Barbara Cubin 16%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 30%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Thomas Daschle 68%
Artur Davis 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
James Davis 69%
Jo Ann Davis 30%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
Thomas Davis III 49%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
Bill Delahunt 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 24%
Norm Dicks 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
Chris Dodd 79%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 59%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 62%
David Dreier 42%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
Jennifer Dunn 37%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
John Edwards 85%
Chet Edwards 61%
Vern Ehlers 44%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 39%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 84%
Philip English 46%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Lane Evans 78%
Terry Everett 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Tom Feeney 24%
Russ Feingold 79%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
Michael Ferguson 36%
Bob Filner 92%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 37%
Mark Foley 42%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 30%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 42%
Barney Frank 90%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 49%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 70%
Elton Gallegly 15%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 47%
Jim Gibbons 30%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Paul Gillmor 5%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 24%
Bart Gordon 57%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 76%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 24%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 36%
Mark Green 24%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 61%

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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