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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 30%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 9%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 60%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 27%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 41%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 69%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 66%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 52%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 32%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 33%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 58%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 31%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 12%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 78%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 9%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 74%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 29%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 19%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 15%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 21%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 31%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 31%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 16%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 19%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 4%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 36%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 16%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 60%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 28%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 4%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 63%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 36%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 24%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 26%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 27%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 22%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 79%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 27%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 49%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 34%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 52%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 23%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 28%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 24%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 91%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 66%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 34%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 30%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 68%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 19%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 16%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 28%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 46%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 73%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 32%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 25%

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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