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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Liberal on Social Policy Score

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

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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