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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Diane Watson 97.7%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96.5%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 96.2%
Hilda Solis 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95.5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95.5%
Lynn Woolsey 95.5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95.2%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
John Olver 94.8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94.7%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94.7%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94.2%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94.2%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93.7%
Donald Payne 93.7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93.2%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93.2%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92.7%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 92.5%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92.3%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92.3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91.7%
Pete Stark 91.5%
Julia Carson 91.3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91.3%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91.3%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91.3%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91.3%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91.2%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90.8%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 90.8%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90.5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90.2%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89.8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89.8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89.3%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89.2%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
Barney Frank 88.8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 88.8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88.3%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88.3%
Bob Filner 88.2%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88.2%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87.8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87.7%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 87.5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
Dennis Kucinich 87%
Martin Meehan 86.8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86.7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86.7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86.5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86.5%
Mel Watt 86.3%
Tom Lantos 86.2%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 86%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
Howard Berman 85.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85.7%
Maurice Hinchey 85.7%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85.7%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85.7%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85.5%
Jeff Bingaman 85.5%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85.5%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85.3%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85.3%
Russ Feingold 84.5%
Frank Lautenberg 84.3%
Chris Dodd 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83.5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 83.5%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 83.2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82.7%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82.7%
Gary Ackerman 82%
Steve Rothman 82%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 81.8%
Michael McNulty 81.7%
Patrick Kennedy 81.3%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81.2%
Dave Obey 81%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80.8%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80.8%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80.8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80.7%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80.3%
Thomas Allen 80%
Anthony Weiner 79.8%
Robert Wexler 79.8%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 79.7%
Bill Delahunt 79.3%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78.7%
Dale Kildee 78.7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78.5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78.5%
Jim Oberstar 78.3%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78.2%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78.2%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78.2%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.8%
Ed Towns 77.8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77.5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76.8%
Ellen Tauscher 76.8%
Jane Harman 76.7%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76.5%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76.3%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 76.3%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 76.2%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76.2%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75.8%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75.3%
Rob Andrews 75.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75.2%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 74.8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74.7%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74.5%
Russ Carnahan 74.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 74.3%
Byron Dorgan 74.3%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74.3%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 73.8%
Evan Bayh 73.3%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73.3%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 73.3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 73.2%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 72.8%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 72.8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 72.5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.2%
Daniel Inouye 71.8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71.5%
Shelley Berkley 71.3%
Bart Stupak 71.3%
Darlene Hooley 71.2%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
Herb Kohl 71%
David Wu 71%
Albert Wynn 71%
Robert Byrd 70.5%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70.3%
Hillary Clinton 70.2%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70.2%
William Jefferson 69.7%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69.7%
Brad Miller 69.5%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69.3%
Brian Baird 69.3%
Norm Dicks 69.3%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69.2%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69.2%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 69.2%
Charlie Gonzalez 68.8%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68.5%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 68%
Jerry Costello 67.8%
Ken Salazar 67.8%
Joe Lieberman 67.5%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 67.5%
Vic Snyder 67.5%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67.2%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66.7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66.7%
Max Baucus 66.2%
Kent Conrad 65.3%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Dennis Moore 64.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 64%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.8%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 63.7%
Paul Kanjorski 63.5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63.2%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63.2%
Rick Boucher 63%
Earl Pomeroy 63%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 62.8%
Blanche Lincoln 62.3%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62.2%
John Spratt, Jr. 61.7%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Ron Paul 61%

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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