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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
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 98%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
Major Owens 98%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 98%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 98%
Pete Stark 98%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 97%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 97%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 97%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 96%
Lynn Woolsey 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
Barney Frank 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
Martin Meehan 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
Hilda Solis 93%
Diane Watson 93%
Gary Ackerman 92%
Thomas Allen 92%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 90%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
Mel Watt 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
Julia Carson 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Robert Wexler 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 87%
Bob Filner 87%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 86%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 86%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
Howard Berman 85%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Evan Bayh 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 83%
Hillary Clinton 83%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Russ Feingold 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 82%
Martin Olav Sabo 82%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
Anthony Weiner 81%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 80%
Lane Evans 80%
Ed Towns 80%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 79%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 79%
Ellen Tauscher 79%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 77%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 77%
Chris Dodd 76%
Tom Lantos 76%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 76%
Steve Rothman 76%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
Rob Andrews 74%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 74%
Russ Carnahan 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 72%
Daniel Inouye 72%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 72%
David Wu 72%
Albert Wynn 72%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Jane Harman 71%
Herb Kohl 71%
Brad Miller 71%
Dave Obey 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 70%
William Jefferson 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
Jim Oberstar 70%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 70%
Brian Baird 69%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 69%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
James Davis 68%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
Michael McNulty 67%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 67%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 67%
Darlene Hooley 66%
Dale Kildee 66%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
Byron Dorgan 65%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 65%
James Merrill Jeffords 65%
Joe Lieberman 65%
Blanche Lincoln 65%
Dennis Moore 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
Artur Davis 64%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 64%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 64%
Ted Strickland 64%
Max Baucus 63%
Jeff Bingaman 63%
Bob Etheridge 63%
Alan Mollohan 63%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
John Spratt, Jr. 63%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
Jack Murtha 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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