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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 4%
Rodney Alexander 16%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 14%
Thomas Allen 85%
Rob Andrews 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
J. Gresham Barrett 8%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
Charlie Bass 46%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 59%
Bob Beauprez 27%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 57%
Judy Biggert 49%
Michael Bilirakis 17%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 14%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 27%
Dan Burton 8%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 66%
Chris Cannon 18%
Eric Cantor 12%
Dennis Cardoza 57%
Russ Carnahan 74%
Julia Carson 84%
Edward Case 59%
Mike Castle 53%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Chris Chocola 23%
Hillary Clinton 80%
Norm Coleman 34%
Kent Conrad 60%
Jerry Costello 62%
Larry Craig 34%
Robert Cramer 50%
Barbara Cubin 32%
Artur Davis 61%
Geoff Davis 19%
James Davis 69%
Jo Ann Davis 27%
Lincoln Davis 53%
Thomas Davis III 44%
Bill Delahunt 89%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 22%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
Norm Dicks 70%
Chris Dodd 80%
Elizabeth Dole 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
John Doolittle 21%
Byron Dorgan 76%
Thelma Drake 7%
David Dreier 27%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 51%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 18%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 84%
Terry Everett 20%
Tom Feeney 24%
Russ Feingold 85%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 89%
Mark Foley 37%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Barney Frank 91%
William Frist 19%
Elton Gallegly 17%
Jim Gibbons 26%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 36%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
Bart Gordon 57%
Mark Green 35%
Judd Gregg 42%
Gilbert Gutknecht 37%
Jane Harman 68%
Katherine Harris 34%
Melissa Hart 17%
Robert Hayes 18%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 9%
Joel Hefley 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Pete Hoekstra 21%
Thomas Holden 58%
Darlene Hooley 69%
John Nathan Hostettler 36%
Kenny Hulshof 34%
Duncan Hunter 12%
Kay Hutchison 32%
Henry Hyde 30%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
William Jefferson 68%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
William Lewis Jenkins 22%
Nancy Johnson 52%
Tim Johnson 51%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
Ric Keller 16%
Sue Kelly 45%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 97%
Mark Kennedy 28%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
Dale Kildee 72%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
Joseph Knollenberg 39%
Herb Kohl 79%
James Kolbe 44%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
John Kuhl, Jr. 36%
Jon Kyl 20%
Ray LaHood 46%
Tom Lantos 77%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
James Leach 62%
Jerry Lewis 33%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 66%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
John Linder 11%
Trent Lott, Sr. 12%
Dick Lugar 47%
Dan Lungren 16%
Connie Mack IV 33%
Don Manzullo 39%
Jim Marshall 51%
Melquiades Martinez 21%
Thaddeus McCotter 39%
James McCrery III 23%
John McHugh 39%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 91%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 55%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
Brad Miller 78%
Alan Mollohan 62%
Dennis Moore 62%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 9%
Sue Myrick 12%
Ben Nelson 50%
Robert William Ney 42%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 9%
James Nussle 22%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Dave Obey 82%
John Olver 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59%
Thomas William Osborne 31%
Major Owens 94%
Michael Oxley 23%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 97%
John Peterson 29%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 24%
Todd Platts 39%
Richard Pombo 26%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
Jon Porter, Sr. 34%
Deborah Pryce 31%
George Radanovich 23%
James Ramstad 49%
Ralph Regula 35%
Denny Rehberg 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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