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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2004 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Bob Filner 88%
Barney Frank 88%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
Robert Matsui 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Nadler Democratic 88%
John Olver 88%
Donald Payne 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
Hilda Solis 88%
Pete Stark 88%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
Martin Meehan 86%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 86%
Robert Wexler 86%
Gary Ackerman 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
Tom Lantos 85%
Anthony Weiner 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 84%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 84%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 84%
Howard Berman 83%
Major Owens 83%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 82%
Hillary Clinton 82%
Jon Corzine 82%
Bill Delahunt 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
Daniel Inouye 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 82%
Frank Lautenberg 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
Joe Lieberman 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 82%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 82%
Paul Sarbanes 82%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 82%
Julia Carson 81%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
Ed Towns 81%
Rob Andrews 78%
Shelley Berkley 78%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 78%
Lane Evans 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 78%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 78%
Ellen Tauscher 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
Chris Dodd 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 76%
Herb Kohl 76%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 76%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 76%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 75%
Thomas Allen 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
James Davis 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 73%
Patrick Kennedy 73%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 73%
Steve Rothman 73%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 73%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 72%
Norm Dicks 72%
Dave Obey 72%
Jane Harman 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
Brian Baird 70%
Evan Bayh 70%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 70%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 70%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
Ted Strickland 70%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 70%
Albert Wynn 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 69%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
Darlene Hooley 68%
Brad Miller 68%
Vic Snyder 68%
David Wu 68%
Robert Byrd 67%
Russ Feingold 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 67%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
William Jefferson 66%
James Merrill Jeffords 66%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 66%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 66%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 66%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 65%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
Dennis Moore 65%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 65%
Edward Case 64%
Kent Conrad 64%
Artur Davis 64%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 64%
Jim Oberstar 64%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 63%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 63%
Paul Kanjorski 63%
Dale Kildee 63%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 63%
Leonard Boswell 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Harold Ford, Jr. 62%
Earl Pomeroy 62%
John Spratt, Jr. 62%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
James Leach 61%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 61%
Christopher Shays 61%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 60%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
Michael McNulty 60%
Jack Murtha 60%
Bart Stupak 60%
Dennis Cardoza 59%

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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