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Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 98%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 98%
Pete Stark 98%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 97%
Donald Payne 97%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
John Olver 96%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 94%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
Major Owens 94%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
Barney Frank 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
Martin Meehan 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
Paul Sarbanes 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 89%
Bob Filner 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
Robert Wexler 88%
Gary Ackerman 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
Thomas Allen 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Russ Feingold 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
Julia Carson 84%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
Lane Evans 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 83%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
Dave Obey 82%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
Howard Berman 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 81%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 81%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 81%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
Hillary Clinton 80%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 79%
Herb Kohl 79%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 78%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
Brad Miller 78%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 78%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 77%
Tom Lantos 77%
Michael McNulty 77%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 76%
Byron Dorgan 76%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
Ed Towns 75%
Russ Carnahan 74%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 74%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74%
Ellen Tauscher 74%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
Rob Andrews 73%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
Steve Rothman 73%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 73%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 72%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
Dale Kildee 72%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 72%
Ted Strickland 72%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
Brian Baird 71%
Evan Bayh 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 71%
Norm Dicks 70%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 70%
David Wu 70%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69%
James Davis 69%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Darlene Hooley 69%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
Bart Stupak 69%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 69%
Shelley Berkley 68%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
Jane Harman 68%
William Jefferson 68%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 68%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 68%
Albert Wynn 68%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
Robert Byrd 66%
Bob Etheridge 66%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 66%
Joe Lieberman 66%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
Rick Boucher 64%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%

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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