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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 76%
Gary Ackerman 87%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 16%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 4%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 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 Republican 19%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
J. Gresham Barrett 8%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Charlie Bass 46%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 59%
Bob Beauprez 27%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 57%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Judy Biggert 49%
Michael Bilirakis 17%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 16%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 14%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 27%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 64%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 94%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 39%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33%
Jim Bunning 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 11%
Conrad Burns 27%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
Dan Burton 8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 66%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 26%
Chris Cannon 18%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 12%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 41%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
Dennis Cardoza 57%
Russ Carnahan 74%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
Julia Carson 84%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 7%
Edward Case 59%
Mike Castle 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 59%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Chris Chocola 23%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 79%
Hillary Clinton 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 72%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 34%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 9%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 17%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 16%
Norm Coleman 34%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 26%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 62%
Larry Craig 34%
Robert Cramer 50%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 19%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 78%
Barbara Cubin 32%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 56%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 15%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
Artur Davis 61%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
Geoff Davis 19%
James Davis 69%
Jo Ann Davis 27%
Lincoln Davis 53%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
Thomas Davis III 44%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
Bill Delahunt 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 22%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 32%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 25%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 76%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
Elizabeth Dole 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
John Doolittle 21%
Byron Dorgan 76%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
Thelma Drake 7%
David Dreier 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 43%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 51%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 84%
Terry Everett 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
Tom Feeney 24%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 77%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 89%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 46%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50%
Mark Foley 37%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 23%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 23%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
Barney Frank 91%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 4%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 36%
William Frist 19%
Elton Gallegly 17%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 24%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
Jim Gibbons 26%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 36%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 19%
Bart Gordon 57%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 26%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 81%
Mark Green 35%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
Judd Gregg 42%

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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