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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 92%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 12%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 92%
Rob Andrews 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Brian Baird 69%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 49%
Charlie Bass 47%
Max Baucus 63%
Evan Bayh 83%
Melissa Bean 60%
Bob Beauprez 21%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 52%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 63%
Sherwood Boehlert 54%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 28%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 42%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 59%
Rick Boucher 61%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 22%
Robert Byrd 55%
Chris Cannon 47%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 73%
Julia Carson 89%
Edward Case 61%
Mike Castle 58%
Ben Chandler III 52%
Chris Chocola 12%
Hillary Clinton 83%
Norm Coleman 39%
Kent Conrad 58%
Jerry Costello 57%
Larry Craig 38%
Robert Cramer 50%
Barbara Cubin 30%
Artur Davis 64%
Geoff Davis 0%
James Davis 68%
Jo Ann Davis 18%
Lincoln Davis 48%
Thomas Davis III 45%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Norm Dicks 73%
Chris Dodd 76%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 65%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 23%
Chet Edwards 56%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 32%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 63%
Lane Evans 80%
Terry Everett 17%
Tom Feeney 18%
Russ Feingold 83%
Michael Ferguson 42%
Bob Filner 87%
Mark Foley 46%
Harold Ford, Jr. 61%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 32%
Barney Frank 94%
William Frist 23%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Jim Gibbons 20%
Wayne Gilchrest 53%
Paul Gillmor 34%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 12%
Bart Gordon 53%
Mark Green 37%
Judd Gregg 39%
Gilbert Gutknecht 28%
Jane Harman 71%
Katherine Harris 38%
Melissa Hart 31%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 19%
Joel Hefley 15%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 57%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
David Lee Hobson 32%
Pete Hoekstra 26%
Thomas Holden 52%
Darlene Hooley 66%
John Nathan Hostettler 24%
Kenny Hulshof 23%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 23%
Henry Hyde 24%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 23%
Daniel Inouye 72%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 86%
William Jefferson 70%
James Merrill Jeffords 65%
William Lewis Jenkins 15%
Nancy Johnson 54%
Tim Johnson 51%
Paul Kanjorski 58%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 49%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Mark Kennedy 23%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Dale Kildee 66%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Joseph Knollenberg 41%
Herb Kohl 71%
James Kolbe 50%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
John Kuhl, Jr. 37%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 44%
Tom Lantos 76%
Steve LaTourette 45%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
James Leach 58%
Jerry Lewis 38%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 65%
Blanche Lincoln 65%
John Linder 21%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 45%
Dan Lungren 24%
Connie Mack IV 42%
Don Manzullo 37%
Jim Marshall 45%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 32%
James McCrery III 20%
John McHugh 27%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 93%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 72%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 55%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
Brad Miller 71%
Alan Mollohan 63%
Dennis Moore 65%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 17%
Sue Myrick 15%
Ben Nelson 51%
Robert William Ney 39%
Anne Northup 14%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 70%
Dave Obey 71%
John Olver 93%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59%
Thomas William Osborne 28%
Major Owens 98%
Michael Oxley 27%
Ron Paul 55%
Donald Payne 95%
John Peterson 26%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 12%
Todd Platts 34%
Richard Pombo 28%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
Jon Porter, Sr. 46%
Deborah Pryce 40%
George Radanovich 32%
James Ramstad 43%
Ralph Regula 38%
Denny Rehberg 32%
Richard Renzi 0%

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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