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Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Liberal on Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 98%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 98%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 96%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 96%
Maurice Hinchey 96%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 96%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 96%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 96%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
John Olver 96%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
Hilda Solis 96%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 96%
Albert Wynn 96%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 94%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Mel Watt 93%
Anthony Weiner 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
Donald Payne 90%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
Darlene Hooley 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
Bob Filner 86%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 86%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 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%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 86%
Dave Obey 86%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 86%
Robert Byrd 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
William Jefferson 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 85%
Ed Towns 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 84%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 84%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 84%
Hillary Clinton 83%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 81%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 81%
Jane Harman 81%
Paul Hodes 81%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 81%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 81%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 81%
Betty Sutton 81%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
Jim Oberstar 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
Frank Lautenberg 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 78%
Jerry Costello 78%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 77%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
Thomas Allen 76%
Russ Feingold 76%
John Hall 76%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 76%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
Diane Watson 76%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 75%
Ellen Tauscher 75%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 75%
Robert Wexler 75%
Gary Ackerman 74%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 74%
Herb Kohl 74%
Leonard Boswell 73%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
Steve Kagen 73%
Brad Miller 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 73%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 73%
David Wu 73%
Howard Berman 72%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 72%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 72%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
Chris Dodd 71%
Lynn Woolsey 71%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Marion Berry 69%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 69%
Russ Carnahan 69%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 69%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 69%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 69%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
Norm Dicks 68%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 68%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 68%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 68%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
Steve Rothman 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 65%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 65%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 65%
Phil Hare 65%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 65%
Dale Kildee 65%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 65%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 65%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 65%
Bart Stupak 65%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 65%
Byron Dorgan 64%
Michael Arcuri 63%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 63%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Paul Kanjorski 63%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 63%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 63%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
Rob Andrews 62%
Rick Boucher 62%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 62%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Jack Murtha 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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