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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 38.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 26.3%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 29.2%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 35.7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 9.5%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 96.2%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 13.7%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 43.3%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 48.8%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.7%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85.3%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92.3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.2%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94.7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89.8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86.7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16.5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87.7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81.2%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91.3%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 26.8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80.3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91.2%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74.3%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78.2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76.5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87.8%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88.3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67.2%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 6.8%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 16%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74.7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78.7%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78.5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 34.7%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 60.3%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54.8%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 7.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91.3%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 18.2%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63.2%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 10.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 12.7%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 22.3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 27.2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16.3%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78.2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 92.3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14.8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95.2%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48.7%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73.3%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75.3%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 18.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21.8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 45.7%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29.7%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 19.8%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20.8%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15.7%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 26.3%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 15.7%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 27%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93.2%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85.5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.2%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95.5%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78.5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82.7%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 88.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85.7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 46.7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80.8%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 23.3%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93.2%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 68%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 19.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87.7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 76.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75.2%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 15.7%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66.7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 35.7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 11.5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77.5%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85.7%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69.2%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 53.5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75.8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 14.8%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29.8%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 26.5%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 47.3%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50.8%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 42.8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81.2%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82.7%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 16%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85.7%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78.2%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33.8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90.5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94.2%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76.3%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92.7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 74.3%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86.5%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91.3%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69.2%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74.5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33.5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68.5%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 31.7%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 72.8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71.5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 14.7%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21.3%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10.7%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76.2%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 73.2%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86.7%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 13.2%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 75.5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46.7%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 22.7%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 28%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70.3%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91.3%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 7.2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76.5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29.2%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 41.8%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 63.7%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 7.7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 28.5%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 22.3%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 33.3%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 8.7%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 16.8%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 21.7%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 12.8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 73.3%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 29.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 23.7%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62.2%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 9.3%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 19.7%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 10.8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 23.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63.2%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.8%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 19.5%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90.8%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9.2%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17.3%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%

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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