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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 21%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 27%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 96%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 79%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 66%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 34%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 65%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 38%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 41%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 97%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 6%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 74%
Rob Andrews 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
Spencer Bachus 6%
Brian Baird 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 49%
Roscoe Bartlett 44%
Max Baucus 66%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 61%
Bob Bennett 33%
Shelley Berkley 74%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 52%
Brian Bilbray 27%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Tim Bishop 71%
Kit Bond 18%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17%
Mary Bono Mack 51%
Dan Boren 49%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 62%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
Henry Brown, Jr. 17%
Ginny Brown-Waite 15%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 51%
Dave Camp 17%
John Campbell III 16%
Chris Cannon 42%
Eric Cantor 11%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
Russ Carnahan 73%
Julia Carson 92%
Mike Castle 54%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Hillary Clinton 80%
Howard Coble 11%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Norm Coleman 40%
Kent Conrad 58%
Jerry Costello 60%
Larry Craig 37%
Robert Cramer 51%
Barbara Cubin 10%
Artur Davis 62%
Geoff Davis 28%
Jo Ann Davis 17%
Lincoln Davis 46%
Thomas Davis III 47%
Bill Delahunt 86%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Norm Dicks 77%
John Dingell 72%
Chris Dodd 93%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 37%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 57%
Thelma Drake 23%
David Dreier 41%
Chet Edwards 56%
Vern Ehlers 48%
Jo Ann Emerson 34%
Philip English 44%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Terry Everett 21%
Tom Feeney 23%
Russ Feingold 86%
Michael Ferguson 46%
Bob Filner 97%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 45%
Barney Frank 82%
Elton Gallegly 15%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Wayne Gilchrest 55%
Paul Gillmor 28%
Phil Gingrey 17%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
Bart Gordon 53%
Judd Gregg 36%
Ralph Hall 0%
Tom Harkin 96%
Jane Harman 73%
Doc Hastings 35%
Robert Hayes 11%
Wally Herger, Jr. 8%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
David Lee Hobson 32%
Pete Hoekstra 6%
Thomas Holden 57%
Rush Holt, Jr. 90%
Darlene Hooley 64%
Kenny Hulshof 32%
Duncan Hunter 10%
Kay Hutchison 28%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 45%
Daniel Inouye 75%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
William Jefferson 74%
Tim Johnson 48%
Timothy Johnson 61%
Paul Kanjorski 61%
Ric Keller 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 88%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
Dale Kildee 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 91%
Jack Kingston 9%
Joseph Knollenberg 43%
Herb Kohl 67%
Dennis Kucinich 96%
John Kuhl, Jr. 32%
Jon Kyl 18%
Ray LaHood 35%
Mary Landrieu 60%
Tom Lantos 83%
Tom Latham 23%
Steve LaTourette 43%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
Carl Levin 96%
Jerry Lewis 47%
Ron Lewis 11%
Joe Lieberman 74%
Blanche Lincoln 64%
John Linder 23%
Trent Lott, Sr. 27%
Dick Lugar 48%
Dan Lungren 35%
Connie Mack IV 43%
Don Manzullo 32%
Jim Marshall 51%
Melquiades Martinez 42%
Jim Matheson 50%
Carolyn McCarthy 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 23%
James McCrery III 31%
John McHugh 34%
Mike McIntyre 55%
Buck McKeon 17%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 87%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 71%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 51%
Mike Michaud 71%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 95%
Brad Miller 66%
Alan Mollohan 59%
Dennis Moore 69%
Jim Moran, Jr. 75%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 6%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 29%
Jim Oberstar 65%
Dave Obey 66%
John Olver 97%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 61%
Ed Pastor 96%
Ron Paul 56%

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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