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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 97%
Gary Ackerman 96%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 6%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 74%
Rob Andrews 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 6%
Brian Baird 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 49%
Roscoe Bartlett 44%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 28%
Max Baucus 66%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 61%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Bob Bennett 33%
Shelley Berkley 74%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 54%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Judy Biggert 52%
Brian Bilbray 27%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 21%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 71%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 35%
Kit Bond 18%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17%
Mary Bono Mack 51%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 23%
Dan Boren 49%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 62%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 23%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 17%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 68%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 46%
Ginny Brown-Waite 15%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 18%
Dan Burton 15%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 51%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 35%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 16%
Chris Cannon 42%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 41%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
Russ Carnahan 73%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
Julia Carson 92%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 21%
Mike Castle 54%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 34%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 58%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 74%
Hillary Clinton 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 72%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 11%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 28%
Norm Coleman 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 17%
Kent Conrad 58%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 97%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 62%
Jerry Costello 60%
Larry Craig 37%
Robert Cramer 51%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 11%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 86%
Barbara Cubin 10%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
Artur Davis 62%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
Geoff Davis 28%
Jo Ann Davis 17%
Lincoln Davis 46%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
Thomas Davis III 47%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 64%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53%
Norm Dicks 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 72%
Chris Dodd 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 37%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
Thelma Drake 23%
David Dreier 41%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 41%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Chet Edwards 56%
Vern Ehlers 48%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 76%
Jo Ann Emerson 34%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
Philip English 44%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Terry Everett 21%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 81%
Tom Feeney 23%
Russ Feingold 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Michael Ferguson 46%
Bob Filner 97%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 52%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 27%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 6%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 45%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 82%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 47%
Elton Gallegly 15%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 41%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
Wayne Gilchrest 55%
Paul Gillmor 28%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
Bart Gordon 53%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 32%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 65%
Judd Gregg 36%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 97%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 96%
Jane Harman 73%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 35%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
Robert Hayes 11%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 8%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 64%
David Lee Hobson 32%
Pete Hoekstra 6%
Thomas Holden 57%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%

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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