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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
Gary Ackerman 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
Barney Frank 94%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
John Olver 94%
Donald Payne 94%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 94%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
Hilda Solis 94%
Pete Stark 94%
Diane Watson 94%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 94%
Anthony Weiner 94%
Robert Wexler 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
Patrick Kennedy 92%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
Brad Miller 92%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Bill Delahunt 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
Howard Berman 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
Tom Lantos 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
Martin Meehan 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
Major Owens 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
Mel Watt 88%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 87%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 87%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
Dave Obey 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
Hillary Clinton 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
Russ Carnahan 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
Lane Evans 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
Martin Olav Sabo 82%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 82%
Thomas Allen 81%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
Chris Dodd 81%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 81%
Bob Filner 81%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
Julia Carson 79%
Jim Oberstar 79%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
Bob Etheridge 78%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 78%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 78%
Michael McNulty 78%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 78%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 78%
Rob Andrews 77%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 77%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
James Davis 76%
Russ Feingold 76%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 75%
Norm Dicks 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 75%
Shelley Berkley 74%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 74%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 74%
Dale Kildee 74%
Joe Lieberman 74%
Steve Rothman 74%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 72%
Herb Kohl 72%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 72%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 72%
John Spratt, Jr. 72%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 72%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 71%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 71%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 71%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 71%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
Byron Dorgan 70%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 69%
Brian Baird 69%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 69%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 69%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 69%
David Wu 69%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 68%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 68%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 68%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 68%
Bart Stupak 68%
Ellen Tauscher 68%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
Ted Strickland 67%
Ed Towns 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 66%
Evan Bayh 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 65%
Ben Chandler III 64%
Jane Harman 64%
Daniel Inouye 64%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 64%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 64%
Joe Baca, Sr. 63%
Rick Boucher 63%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63%
Dennis Moore 63%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 62%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Kent Conrad 62%

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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