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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 23%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 6%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 60%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 19%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 45%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 68%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 39%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 59%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 28%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 23%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 26%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 63%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 61%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 11%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 32%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 16%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 39%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 36%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 26%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 45%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 28%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 34%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 19%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 69%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 44%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 74%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 12%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 97%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 42%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 56%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 30%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 39%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 48%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 23%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 84%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 14%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 66%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 32%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 76%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 78%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 25%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 13%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 84%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 42%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 68%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 18%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 75%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 53%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 34%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 19%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 81%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 43%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 62%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 29%

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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