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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
John Edwards 93%
Daniel Graham 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 93%
Paul Sarbanes 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
Howard Berman 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 92%
Bill Delahunt 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
Bob Filner 92%
Barney Frank 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
Martin Meehan 92%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92%
Hilda Solis 92%
Pete Stark 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
Diane Watson 92%
Mel Watt 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
Gary Ackerman 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
Michael McNulty 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
Anthony Weiner 91%
Hillary Clinton 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 87%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 87%
Robert Matsui 87%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 87%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 87%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
Major Owens 85%
Donald Payne 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
Lynn Woolsey 84%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 82%
Thomas Daschle 82%
Frank Lautenberg 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 82%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 82%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
Lane Evans 81%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 81%
Gerald Kleczka 81%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
Brad Miller 81%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 81%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
Robert Wexler 80%
Thomas Allen 79%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
Tom Lantos 79%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 77%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 77%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
Denise Majette 77%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76%
James Davis 76%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 76%
Rob Andrews 75%
Julia Carson 75%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 75%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 75%
Karen McCarthy 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 75%
Robert Byrd 74%
Bob Etheridge 74%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 74%
Jim Oberstar 74%
Dave Obey 74%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 73%
Dale Kildee 73%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 73%
Brian Baird 71%
Peter Deutsch 71%
William Jefferson 71%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 71%
Martin Olav Sabo 71%
Ellen Tauscher 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 70%
Jeff Bingaman 70%
Jon Corzine 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Ed Towns 70%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70%
Shelley Berkley 69%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 69%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 69%
David Wu 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 68%
Chris Dodd 68%
Harold Ford, Jr. 68%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 68%
Bart Stupak 68%
Ernest Hollings 67%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 66%
Norm Dicks 66%
Jane Harman 66%
Baron Hill 66%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
Joe Lieberman 66%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 66%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 66%
Steve Rothman 66%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 66%
Daniel Inouye 65%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
Ciro Rodriguez 65%
Ted Strickland 65%
Edward Case 64%
Darlene Hooley 64%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 64%
Silvestre Reyes 64%
Vic Snyder 64%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 64%
Albert Wynn 64%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 63%
Jerry Costello 63%
Byron Dorgan 63%
Dennis Moore 63%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 63%
Jonas Frost III 62%
Charlie Gonzalez 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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