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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83.5%
Todd Akin 9.2%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Wayne Allard 13.8%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 75.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69.3%
Brian Baird 69.3%
Richard Hugh Baker 10.8%
J. Gresham Barrett 16.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 47.5%
Max Baucus 66.2%
Evan Bayh 73.3%
Melissa Bean 57.8%
Bob Bennett 36%
Shelley Berkley 71.3%
Howard Berman 85.8%
Marion Berry 60.3%
Judy Biggert 44.2%
Jeff Bingaman 85.5%
Kit Bond 21.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18.3%
Mary Bono Mack 39.5%
Dan Boren 49.2%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 63%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56.3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 15.3%
Ginny Brown-Waite 24.8%
Jim Bunning 8.2%
Dan Burton 12.8%
Steve Buyer 13.3%
Robert Byrd 70.5%
Chris Cannon 16.3%
Dennis Cardoza 59.7%
Russ Carnahan 74.3%
Julia Carson 91.3%
Mike Castle 49%
Ben Chandler III 59.3%
Hillary Clinton 70.2%
Norm Coleman 46.2%
Kent Conrad 65.3%
Jerry Costello 67.8%
Larry Craig 18.3%
Robert Cramer 51.7%
Barbara Cubin 14.8%
Artur Davis 60%
Geoff Davis 23.3%
Jo Ann Davis 22%
Lincoln Davis 52.8%
Thomas Davis III 40.5%
Bill Delahunt 79.3%
James DeMint 7.5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Norm Dicks 69.3%
Chris Dodd 84%
Elizabeth Dole 19.3%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 24.7%
John Doolittle 10.2%
Byron Dorgan 74.3%
Thelma Drake 20.8%
David Dreier 27%
Chet Edwards 54.3%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 37.7%
Philip English 41.5%
John Ensign 29.2%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Terry Everett 21%
Tom Feeney 30.7%
Russ Feingold 84.5%
Michael Ferguson 47.2%
Bob Filner 88.2%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36.8%
Barney Frank 88.8%
Elton Gallegly 19.3%
Wayne Gilchrest 53%
Paul Gillmor 28.8%
Charlie Gonzalez 68.8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 28%
Bart Gordon 59.3%
Judd Gregg 28.8%
Jane Harman 76.7%
Robert Hayes 22.5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6.5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59.2%
Maurice Hinchey 85.7%
David Lee Hobson 33%
Pete Hoekstra 17.2%
Thomas Holden 59.5%
Darlene Hooley 71.2%
Kenny Hulshof 36.8%
Duncan Hunter 16%
Kay Hutchison 33.7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 42%
Daniel Inouye 71.8%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90.2%
William Jefferson 69.7%
Tim Johnson 45.8%
Paul Kanjorski 63.5%
Ric Keller 22%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93.7%
Patrick Kennedy 81.3%
Dale Kildee 78.7%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88.3%
Joseph Knollenberg 23.5%
Herb Kohl 71%
Dennis Kucinich 87%
John Kuhl, Jr. 33.3%
Jon Kyl 9.2%
Ray LaHood 40.8%
Tom Lantos 86.2%
Steve LaTourette 47.2%
Frank Lautenberg 84.3%
Jerry Lewis 29.7%
Ron Lewis 12.7%
Joe Lieberman 67.5%
Blanche Lincoln 62.3%
John Linder 10.2%
Trent Lott, Sr. 26.7%
Dick Lugar 45.7%
Dan Lungren 29.5%
Connie Mack IV 35.2%
Don Manzullo 15.3%
Jim Marshall 50%
Melquiades Martinez 26.8%
Thaddeus McCotter 36.7%
James McCrery III 15.5%
John McHugh 39.2%
Michael McNulty 81.7%
Martin Meehan 86.8%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 67.5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 52.2%
Brad Miller 69.5%
Alan Mollohan 60.2%
Dennis Moore 64.8%
Jack Murtha 60%
Marilyn Musgrave 13.3%
Sue Myrick 10.8%
Ben Nelson 45.3%
Jim Oberstar 78.3%
Dave Obey 81%
John Olver 94.8%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59.3%
Ron Paul 61%
Donald Payne 93.7%
John Peterson 20.8%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 25.8%
Todd Platts 45.3%
Earl Pomeroy 63%
Jon Porter, Sr. 39.5%
Deborah Pryce 34.3%
George Radanovich 15.8%
James Ramstad 52.3%
Ralph Regula 33.3%
Denny Rehberg 13.8%
Richard Renzi 38.3%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Thomas Reynolds 33.2%
Mike Ross 57.8%
Steve Rothman 82%
Ken Salazar 67.8%
Jim Saxton 33.7%
Jean Schmidt 13.2%
John Shadegg 29.8%
Christopher Shays 55.7%
Ike Skelton 56.3%
Gordon Smith 46%
Olympia Snowe 55.5%
Vic Snyder 67.5%
Hilda Solis 96%
Mark Souder 21.2%
Arlen Specter 52.5%
John Spratt, Jr. 61.7%
Pete Stark 91.5%
Cliff Stearns 26.8%
Ted Stevens 36%
Bart Stupak 71.3%
John Sullivan 12.3%
John Sununu 30.8%
Tom Tancredo 26.7%
John Tanner 56.7%
Ellen Tauscher 76.8%
Gene Taylor 50%
Todd Tiahrt 25.7%
Ed Towns 77.8%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80.8%
George Voinovich 41%
James Walsh 43.7%
Zach Wamp 19.8%
John Warner 44.7%
Diane Watson 97.7%
Mel Watt 86.3%
Anthony Weiner 79.8%
David Weldon 16.2%
Gerald Weller 31.8%
Robert Wexler 79.8%
Heather Wilson 48.3%
Lynn Woolsey 95.5%

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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