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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 97%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 97%
Bob Filner 97%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 97%
John Olver 97%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 97%
Pete Stark 97%
Diane Watson 97%
Lynn Woolsey 97%
Gary Ackerman 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
Tom Harkin 96%
Dennis Kucinich 96%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 96%
Carl Levin 96%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 96%
Ed Pastor 96%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
George Miller 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 94%
Donald Payne 94%
Chris Dodd 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Julia Carson 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
Howard Berman 91%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 91%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Rush Holt, Jr. 90%
Mel Watt 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 89%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 89%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
Henry Waxman 89%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 88%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
Martin Meehan 87%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
Russ Feingold 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 86%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 84%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
Tom Lantos 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 83%
Robert Wexler 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
Barney Frank 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 82%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
Ed Towns 82%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
Hillary Clinton 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 79%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 79%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 78%
John Tierney 78%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 78%
Anthony Weiner 78%
Norm Dicks 77%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 77%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 77%
Rob Andrews 76%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76%
Ellen Tauscher 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75%
Daniel Inouye 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
Jim Moran, Jr. 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 75%
Thomas Allen 74%
Shelley Berkley 74%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 74%
William Jefferson 74%
Joe Lieberman 74%
David Wu 74%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Russ Carnahan 73%
Jane Harman 73%
Allyson Schwartz 73%
Albert Wynn 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 72%
John Dingell 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 72%
Evan Bayh 71%
Tim Bishop 71%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 71%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 71%
Mike Michaud 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
Brian Baird 70%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
Carolyn McCarthy 70%
Dennis Moore 69%
Ken Salazar 69%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 68%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 68%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 68%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 68%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 68%
Mark Udall 68%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
Dale Kildee 67%
Herb Kohl 67%
Michael McNulty 67%
Max Baucus 66%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 66%
Brad Miller 66%
Dave Obey 66%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 65%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 65%
Jim Oberstar 65%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 64%
Darlene Hooley 64%
Blanche Lincoln 64%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 64%
Vic Snyder 64%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63%
Bart Stupak 63%
Rick Boucher 62%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 62%
Artur Davis 62%
Jack Murtha 62%
Melissa Bean 61%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Timothy Johnson 61%
Paul Kanjorski 61%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 61%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 60%
Mary Landrieu 60%

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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