Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 45%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 23%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 33%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 14%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 17%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 17%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 6%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 60%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 19%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 38%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 45%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 93%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 79%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 12%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 68%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 91%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 73%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 96%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 86%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 92%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 94%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 87%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 92%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 16%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 85%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 24%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 77%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 86%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 10%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 92%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 92%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 89%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 94%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 28%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 94%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 17%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 96%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 76%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 39%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 24%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 77%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 81%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 82%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 82%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 86%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 59%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 71%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 27%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 13%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 80%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 13%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 88%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 12%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 28%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 23%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 26%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 17%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 63%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 96%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 7%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 61%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 11%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 81%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 14%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 89%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 32%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 16%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 24%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 31%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 39%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 87%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 50%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 85%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 91%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 92%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 96%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 36%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 75%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 72%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 20%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 26%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 45%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 28%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 14%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 34%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 19%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 61%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 95%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 78%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 91%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 92%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 86%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 72%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 86%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 77%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 65%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 69%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 82%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 82%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 51%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 69%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 89%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 80%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 22%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 44%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 14%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 76%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 22%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 74%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 92%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 12%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 92%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 53%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 88%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 10%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 89%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 31%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 14%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 23%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 97%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 42%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 71%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 31%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 56%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 30%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 39%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 72%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 48%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 45%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 23%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 77%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 69%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 42%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 84%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 92%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 14%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 78%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 74%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 77%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 36%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 66%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 72%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 81%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 88%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 96%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 84%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 90%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 68%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 92%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 81%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 75%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 89%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 89%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 30%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 32%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 13%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 76%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 23%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 27%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 78%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 29%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 25%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 23%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 13%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 84%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 38%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 83%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 85%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 36%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 81%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 90%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 42%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 30%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 68%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 15%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 18%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 95%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 75%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 53%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 34%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 19%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 82%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 81%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 17%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 43%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 62%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 7%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 14%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 7%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 47%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 16%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 14%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 27%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 18%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 29%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 8%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 64%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 83%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 29%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 9%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 19%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 67%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 84%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 10%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 9%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 85%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 14%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 9%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 58%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 93%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 22%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 24%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 71%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 30%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 78%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 84%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 79%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 77%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 65%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 19%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 88%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 77%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 90%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 31%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 70%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 42%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 44%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 79%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 44%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 66%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 23%
Gary Ackerman 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Todd Akin 22%
Rodney Alexander 54%
Wayne Allard 28%
George Allen 14%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
Brian Baird 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 84%
Cass Ballenger 17%
J. Gresham Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 33%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 70%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Beauprez 21%
Chris Bell 68%
Bob Bennett 19%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 63%
Judy Biggert 43%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 70%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 25%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 43%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 70%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 59%
John Breaux 55%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 14%
Conrad Burns 14%
Max Burns 14%
Dan Burton 34%
Steve Buyer 29%
Robert Byrd 75%
Ben Campbell 47%
Chris Cannon 8%
Eric Cantor 10%
Dennis Cardoza 61%
Brad Carson 57%
Julia Carson 82%
Edward Case 69%
Mike Castle 53%
Chris Chocola 9%
Hillary Clinton 89%
Norm Coleman 24%
Michael Collins 14%
Kent Conrad 61%
Jon Corzine 84%
Jerry Costello 60%
Christopher Cox 12%
Larry Craig 24%
Robert Cramer 53%
Philip Crane 13%
Barbara Cubin 14%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Thomas Daschle 80%
Artur Davis 67%
James Davis 67%
Jo Ann Davis 35%
Lincoln Davis 54%
Thomas Davis III 43%
Bill Delahunt 94%
Thomas DeLay 6%
Peter Deutsch 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 27%
Norm Dicks 67%
Chris Dodd 76%
Elizabeth Dole 28%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 59%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 67%
David Dreier 34%
Jennifer Dunn 28%
John Edwards 95%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 32%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 29%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 81%
Terry Everett 20%
Tom Feeney 25%
Russ Feingold 90%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 96%
Peter Fitzgerald 35%
Mark Foley 39%
Harold Ford, Jr. 66%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36%
Barney Frank 95%
William Frist 14%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elton Gallegly 23%
Jim Gibbons 19%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 22%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 26%
Bart Gordon 61%
Porter Goss 16%
Daniel Graham 78%
Mark Green 34%
James Greenwood 44%
Judd Gregg 26%
Gilbert Gutknecht 34%
Jane Harman 70%
Katherine Harris 18%
Melissa Hart 23%
J. Dennis Hastert 4%
Robert Hayes 17%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 22%
Joel Hefley 40%
Wally Herger, Jr. 12%
Baron Hill 62%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
David Lee Hobson 33%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 57%
Ernest Hollings 72%
Darlene Hooley 68%
John Nathan Hostettler 44%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 51%
Kenny Hulshof 29%
Duncan Hunter 19%
Kay Hutchison 35%
Henry Hyde 9%
Daniel Inouye 66%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 23%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
William Janklow 21%
William Jefferson 73%
James Merrill Jeffords 67%
William Lewis Jenkins 33%
Christopher John 53%
Nancy Johnson 51%
Tim Johnson 51%
Paul Kanjorski 64%
Ric Keller 8%
Sue Kelly 47%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 88%
Mark Kennedy 9%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Dale Kildee 68%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Joseph Knollenberg 20%
Herb Kohl 77%
James Kolbe 38%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Jon Kyl 19%
Ray LaHood 43%
Nicholas Lampson 67%
Tom Lantos 74%
Steve LaTourette 45%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
James Leach 56%
Jerry Lewis 26%
Ron Lewis 21%
Joe Lieberman 71%
Blanche Lincoln 59%
John Linder 6%
William Lipinski 54%
Trent Lott, Sr. 21%
Ken Lucas 51%
Dick Lugar 14%
Denise Majette 82%
Don Manzullo 27%
Jim Marshall 55%
Robert Matsui 84%
Karen McCarthy 83%
Thaddeus McCotter 31%
James McCrery III 19%
John McHugh 47%
Scott McInnis 15%
Michael McNulty 73%
Martin Meehan 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 73%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
Brad Miller 75%
Zell Bryan Miller 28%
Alan Mollohan 57%
Dennis Moore 65%
Jack Murtha 55%
Marilyn Musgrave 19%
Sue Myrick 10%
Ben Nelson 51%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 31%
Robert William Ney 36%
Don Nickles 17%
Anne Northup 14%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 24%
James Nussle 29%
Jim Oberstar 76%
Dave Obey 78%
John Olver 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 58%
Thomas William Osborne 33%
Doug Ose 46%
Major Owens 88%
Michael Oxley 30%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 93%
John Peterson 21%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 28%
Todd Platts 42%
Richard Pombo 17%
Earl Pomeroy 57%
Jon Porter, Sr. 24%
Deborah Pryce 32%
Jack Quinn 46%
George Radanovich 18%
James Ramstad 50%
Ralph Regula 27%
Denny Rehberg 23%
Richard Renzi 23%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Thomas Reynolds 21%
Ciro Rodriguez 70%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 68%
Jim Ryun 15%
Martin Olav Sabo 80%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 60%
Rick Santorum 14%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
Jim Saxton 37%
Edward Schrock 6%
John Shadegg 25%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 34%
Christopher Shays 54%
Donald Sherwood 23%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 53%
Ike Skelton 54%
Gordon Smith 39%
Nick Smith 32%
Olympia Snowe 51%
Vic Snyder 65%
Hilda Solis 96%
Mark Souder 21%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Pete Stark 91%
Cliff Stearns 36%
Charles Stenholm 53%
Ted Stevens 34%
Ted Strickland 71%
Bart Stupak 65%
John Sullivan 11%
John Sununu 40%
John Sweeney 35%
James Talent 28%
Tom Tancredo 42%
John Tanner 61%
Ellen Tauscher 70%
William Tauzin 18%
Charles Taylor 24%
Gene Taylor 52%
Craig Thomas 14%
William Thomas 31%
Todd Tiahrt 6%
Ed Towns 84%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 90%
James Turner 56%
George Voinovich 30%
James Walsh 30%
Zach Wamp 27%
John Warner 27%
Diane Watson 91%
Mel Watt 94%
Anthony Weiner 83%
David Weldon 20%
W. Curtis Weldon 43%
Gerald Weller 13%
Robert Wexler 82%
Heather Wilson 41%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 69%
Albert Wynn 76%
Bill Young 26%

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