Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 76%
Gary Ackerman 87%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 16%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 4%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 27%
Rodney Alexander 16%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 14%
Thomas Allen 85%
Rob Andrews 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 19%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 93%
J. Gresham Barrett 8%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 14%
Charlie Bass 46%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 59%
Bob Beauprez 27%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 91%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 57%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 80%
Judy Biggert 49%
Michael Bilirakis 17%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 17%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 59%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 75%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 8%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 88%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 16%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 16%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 14%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 27%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 64%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 24%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 94%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 39%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 10%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 78%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 84%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33%
Jim Bunning 11%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 11%
Conrad Burns 27%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 27%
Dan Burton 8%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 68%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 66%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 13%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 26%
Chris Cannon 18%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 12%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 77%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 41%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 87%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 88%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 77%
Dennis Cardoza 57%
Russ Carnahan 74%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 71%
Julia Carson 84%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 7%
Edward Case 59%
Mike Castle 53%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 10%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 59%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 13%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Chris Chocola 23%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 80%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 79%
Hillary Clinton 80%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 72%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 34%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 9%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 17%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 16%
Norm Coleman 34%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 53%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 26%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 91%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 60%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 19%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 60%
Jerry Costello 62%
Larry Craig 34%
Robert Cramer 50%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 25%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 19%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 78%
Barbara Cubin 32%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 56%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 15%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 81%
Artur Davis 61%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 86%
Geoff Davis 19%
James Davis 69%
Jo Ann Davis 27%
Lincoln Davis 53%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 77%
Thomas Davis III 44%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 84%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 6%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 72%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 88%
Bill Delahunt 89%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 22%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 32%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 45%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 25%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 76%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 82%
Elizabeth Dole 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
John Doolittle 21%
Byron Dorgan 76%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 71%
Thelma Drake 7%
David Dreier 27%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 43%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 87%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 51%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 73%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 75%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 18%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 21%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 86%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 84%
Terry Everett 20%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 90%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 83%
Tom Feeney 24%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 77%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 89%
PA U.S. House-8 Mike Fitzpatrick R 46%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 50%
Mark Foley 37%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 23%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 23%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 9%
Barney Frank 91%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 4%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 36%
William Frist 19%
Elton Gallegly 17%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 24%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 44%
Jim Gibbons 26%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 36%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 13%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 19%
Bart Gordon 57%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 36%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 26%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 27%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 81%
Mark Green 35%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 64%
Judd Gregg 42%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 93%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 89%
Gilbert Gutknecht 37%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 31%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 19%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 89%
Jane Harman 68%
Katherine Harris 34%
Melissa Hart 17%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 81%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 24%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 15%
Robert Hayes 18%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 9%
Joel Hefley 18%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 66%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 66%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Pete Hoekstra 21%
Thomas Holden 58%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 91%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 96%
Darlene Hooley 69%
John Nathan Hostettler 36%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 71%
Kenny Hulshof 34%
Duncan Hunter 12%
Kay Hutchison 32%
Henry Hyde 30%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 17%
Daniel Inouye 70%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 81%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 13%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 67%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 26%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 80%
William Jefferson 68%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
William Lewis Jenkins 22%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 15%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 84%
Nancy Johnson 52%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 6%
Tim Johnson 51%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 74%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 49%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 75%
Ric Keller 16%
Sue Kelly 45%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 97%
Mark Kennedy 28%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 87%
Dale Kildee 72%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 66%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 36%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 4%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 18%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 52%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 22%
Joseph Knollenberg 39%
Herb Kohl 79%
James Kolbe 44%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
John Kuhl, Jr. 36%
Jon Kyl 20%
Ray LaHood 46%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 58%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 69%
Tom Lantos 77%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 71%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 79%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 28%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
James Leach 62%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 85%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 98%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 86%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 80%
Jerry Lewis 33%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 95%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 66%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
John Linder 11%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 63%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 47%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
Trent Lott, Sr. 12%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 84%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 19%
Dick Lugar 47%
Dan Lungren 16%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 72%
Connie Mack IV 33%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 88%
Don Manzullo 39%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 10%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 96%
Jim Marshall 51%
Melquiades Martinez 21%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 54%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 88%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 41%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 68%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 13%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 94%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 15%
Thaddeus McCotter 39%
James McCrery III 23%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 96%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 95%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 11%
John McHugh 39%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 52%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 20%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 21%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 91%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 81%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 55%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 19%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 76%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 86%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 27%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 13%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 93%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 17%
Brad Miller 78%
Alan Mollohan 62%
Dennis Moore 62%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 89%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 74%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 33%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 30%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 35%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 81%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 9%
Sue Myrick 12%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 94%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 85%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 85%
Ben Nelson 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 66%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 4%
Robert William Ney 42%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 9%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 26%
James Nussle 22%
NA President Barack Obama II D 83%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Dave Obey 82%
John Olver 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59%
Thomas William Osborne 31%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 46%
Major Owens 94%
Michael Oxley 23%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 82%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 78%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 86%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 97%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 30%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 11%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 53%
John Peterson 29%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 44%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 24%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 25%
Todd Platts 39%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 20%
Richard Pombo 26%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
Jon Porter, Sr. 34%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 82%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 16%
Deborah Pryce 31%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 60%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 21%
George Radanovich 23%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 70%
James Ramstad 49%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 89%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 95%
Ralph Regula 35%
Denny Rehberg 25%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 45%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 78%
Richard Renzi 18%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Thomas Reynolds 38%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 32%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 80%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 18%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 31%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 14%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 26%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 36%
Mike Ross 59%
Steve Rothman 73%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 91%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 23%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 65%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 87%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 38%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 68%
Jim Ryun 10%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 60%
Ken Salazar 60%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 74%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 97%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 90%
Rick Santorum 30%
Paul Sarbanes 91%
Jim Saxton 43%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 98%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 73%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 78%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 73%
John Schwarz 47%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 60%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 90%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 38%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 95%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 9%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 4%
John Shadegg 18%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 30%
Christopher Shays 54%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 81%
Donald Sherwood 37%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 36%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 5%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 51%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 31%
Ike Skelton 54%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 81%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 72%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 45%
Gordon Smith 50%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 10%
Olympia Snowe 53%
Vic Snyder 66%
Mike Sodrel 12%
Hilda Solis 95%
Mark Souder 18%
Arlen Specter 53%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 86%
Pete Stark 98%
Cliff Stearns 20%
Ted Stevens 29%
Ted Strickland 72%
Bart Stupak 69%
John Sullivan 9%
John Sununu 47%
John Sweeney 44%
James Talent 34%
Tom Tancredo 36%
John Tanner 56%
Ellen Tauscher 74%
Charles Taylor 20%
Gene Taylor 46%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 28%
Craig Thomas 20%
William Thomas 38%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 74%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 76%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 14%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 29%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 30%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 94%
Ed Towns 75%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 83%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 34%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 69%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 80%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 42%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 86%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 89%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 72%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 31%
George Voinovich 45%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 28%
James Walsh 38%
Zach Wamp 33%
John Warner 40%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 81%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 89%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 93%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 89%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Weldon 20%
W. Curtis Weldon 43%
Gerald Weller 35%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 6%
Robert Wexler 88%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 27%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 12%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 8%
Heather Wilson 51%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 41%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
David Wu 70%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 81%
Albert Wynn 68%
Bill Young 35%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 31%

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