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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
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%

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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