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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
Thomas Allen 92%
Howard Berman 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
Bob Filner 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
Denise Majette 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
Donald Payne 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 92%
Martin Olav Sabo 92%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 92%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
Hilda Solis 92%
Pete Stark 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
Mel Watt 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
Lynn Woolsey 92%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Barney Frank 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 90%
Diane Watson 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 89%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 88%
Bill Delahunt 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 88%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 87%
Karen McCarthy 87%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 87%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
Hillary Clinton 85%
Jon Corzine 85%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
John Edwards 85%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 85%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
Paul Sarbanes 85%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
Edward Case 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 84%
Maurice Hinchey 84%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 84%
Robert Matsui 84%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 84%
Martin Meehan 84%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 84%
Robert Wexler 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 83%
Ed Towns 83%
Gary Ackerman 82%
Julia Carson 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
Major Owens 82%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 81%
Patrick Kennedy 81%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Max Baucus 79%
Robert Byrd 79%
Chris Dodd 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
Russ Feingold 79%
Rob Andrews 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
Lane Evans 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 78%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 78%
Ellen Tauscher 78%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
Anthony Weiner 78%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
Norm Dicks 77%
Tom Lantos 77%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 77%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 77%
Daniel Graham 76%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 76%
Gerald Kleczka 76%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 75%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
Vic Snyder 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 74%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 74%
Daniel Inouye 74%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 74%
Dave Obey 74%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Jane Harman 73%
Brad Miller 73%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
Brian Baird 72%
Peter Deutsch 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 72%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 71%
Steve Rothman 71%
Albert Wynn 71%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Jonas Frost III 70%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
Dennis Kucinich 70%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
James Davis 69%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 69%
Dennis Moore 69%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 69%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
Thomas Daschle 68%
Ernest Hollings 68%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 68%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 68%
Rick Boucher 67%
Artur Davis 67%
Calvin Dooley 67%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
William Jefferson 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 67%
Chris Bell 66%
James Merrill Jeffords 66%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
Jim Oberstar 66%
Ted Strickland 66%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 65%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 64%
David Wu 64%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 63%
Dale Kildee 63%
Herb Kohl 63%
Michael McNulty 63%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 63%
Dennis Cardoza 62%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 62%

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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