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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 97%
Bob Filner 96%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
John Olver 96%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
Hilda Solis 96%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 96%
John Edwards 95%
Barney Frank 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
Bill Delahunt 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 94%
Mel Watt 94%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
Donald Payne 93%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
Pete Stark 91%
Diane Watson 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
Martin Meehan 88%
Major Owens 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
Howard Berman 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 84%
Jon Corzine 84%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
Robert Matsui 84%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 84%
Ed Towns 84%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 84%
Thomas Allen 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 83%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Karen McCarthy 83%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
Anthony Weiner 83%
Julia Carson 82%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
Denise Majette 82%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
Robert Wexler 82%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
Lane Evans 81%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Martin Olav Sabo 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 79%
Gary Ackerman 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Daniel Graham 78%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
Dave Obey 78%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 78%
Brian Baird 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 77%
Herb Kohl 77%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
Chris Dodd 76%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 76%
Jim Oberstar 76%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 76%
Albert Wynn 76%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
Robert Byrd 75%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
Brad Miller 75%
Rob Andrews 74%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 74%
Tom Lantos 74%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74%
William Jefferson 73%
Michael McNulty 73%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 73%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
Peter Deutsch 72%
Ernest Hollings 72%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Joe Lieberman 71%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 71%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 71%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
Ted Strickland 71%
Max Baucus 70%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Jeff Bingaman 70%
Rick Boucher 70%
Jane Harman 70%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
Ciro Rodriguez 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Ellen Tauscher 70%
Edward Case 69%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 69%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 69%
David Wu 69%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
Chris Bell 68%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 68%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 68%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 68%
Darlene Hooley 68%
Dale Kildee 68%
Steve Rothman 68%
Artur Davis 67%
James Davis 67%
Norm Dicks 67%
Byron Dorgan 67%
Jonas Frost III 67%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 67%
James Merrill Jeffords 67%
Nicholas Lampson 67%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Harold Ford, Jr. 66%
Daniel Inouye 66%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 66%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 66%

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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