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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85.5%
Gary Ackerman 82%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23.3%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83.5%
Todd Akin 9.2%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 28.5%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Wayne Allard 13.8%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 75.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69.3%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 14%
Brian Baird 69.3%
Richard Hugh Baker 10.8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89.8%
J. Gresham Barrett 16.8%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 47.5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 21.7%
Max Baucus 66.2%
Evan Bayh 73.3%
Melissa Bean 57.8%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
Bob Bennett 36%
Shelley Berkley 71.3%
Howard Berman 85.8%
Marion Berry 60.3%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77.5%
Judy Biggert 44.2%
Jeff Bingaman 85.5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17.3%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54.8%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 83.5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 7.7%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 21.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18.3%
Mary Bono Mack 39.5%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 25%
Dan Boren 49.2%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 63%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 26.3%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56.3%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 73.2%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74.7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 15.3%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71.5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29.7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 24.8%
Jim Bunning 8.2%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 23.5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29.8%
Dan Burton 12.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69.2%
Steve Buyer 13.3%
Robert Byrd 70.5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 28%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24.5%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 19.5%
Chris Cannon 16.3%
Eric Cantor 17.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 79.7%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 32.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87.7%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85.5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85.7%
Dennis Cardoza 59.7%
Russ Carnahan 74.3%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67.2%
Julia Carson 91.3%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 19.5%
Mike Castle 49%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 11.8%
Ben Chandler III 59.3%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 76.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75.2%
Hillary Clinton 70.2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76.5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 21%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21.2%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 35.7%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21.3%
Norm Coleman 46.2%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 10%
Kent Conrad 65.3%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93.2%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 63.7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9.2%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.2%
Jerry Costello 67.8%
Larry Craig 18.3%
Robert Cramer 51.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16.3%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 16%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 74.3%
Barbara Cubin 14.8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 12.8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82.7%
Artur Davis 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
Geoff Davis 23.3%
Jo Ann Davis 22%
Lincoln Davis 52.8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78.2%
Thomas Davis III 40.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 12.7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76.2%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87.8%
Bill Delahunt 79.3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94.7%
James DeMint 7.5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46.7%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 34.7%
Norm Dicks 69.3%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 72.8%
Chris Dodd 84%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90.8%
Elizabeth Dole 19.3%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 24.7%
John Doolittle 10.2%
Byron Dorgan 74.3%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 75.5%
Thelma Drake 20.8%
David Dreier 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 41.8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95.2%
Chet Edwards 54.3%
Vern Ehlers 50%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73.3%
Jo Ann Emerson 37.7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80.7%
Philip English 41.5%
John Ensign 29.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10.5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89.8%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Terry Everett 21%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95.5%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86.7%
Tom Feeney 30.7%
Russ Feingold 84.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76.5%
Michael Ferguson 47.2%
Bob Filner 88.2%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 48.8%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 28.8%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 26.5%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36.8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 14.8%
Barney Frank 88.8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 13.7%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38.5%
Elton Gallegly 19.3%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 42.8%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 48.8%
Wayne Gilchrest 53%
Paul Gillmor 28.8%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 17.2%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 22.3%
Charlie Gonzalez 68.8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 28%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
Bart Gordon 59.3%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29.2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.7%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 15.7%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 73.3%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63.2%
Judd Gregg 28.8%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 96.2%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92.3%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 28%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 27.3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
Jane Harman 76.7%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78.7%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%
Robert Hayes 22.5%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 16.8%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6.5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59.2%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69.2%
Maurice Hinchey 85.7%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62.2%
David Lee Hobson 33%
Pete Hoekstra 17.2%
Thomas Holden 59.5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94.7%

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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