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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 77.2%
Gary Ackerman 79.5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26.8%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 73.3%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25.5%
Rodney Alexander 22.3%
Wayne Allard 7.5%
Thomas Allen 76.8%
Jason Altmire 51.3%
Rob Andrews 76.2%
Michael Arcuri 69.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 76.7%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10.8%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17.7%
Brian Baird 63.8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
J. Gresham Barrett 7.7%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 45.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 35.3%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14.5%
Max Baucus 57.3%
Evan Bayh 62.2%
Melissa Bean 51.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89.3%
Bob Bennett 26%
Shelley Berkley 61.8%
Howard Berman 86.3%
Marion Berry 60.3%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 94.2%
Judy Biggert 40.2%
Brian Bilbray 20.7%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 20.3%
Jeff Bingaman 72.7%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 19%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61.7%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 82.5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83.7%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16.2%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6.7%
Kit Bond 17.7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17.8%
Mary Bono Mack 38.2%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 26.7%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Rick Boucher 58.3%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 15.8%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89.8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52.7%
Nancy Boyda 53.8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22.3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 70.7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67.7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 20.7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76.3%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 23.5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33.3%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 25.5%
Jim Bunning 10.2%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20.5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 7.8%
Dan Burton 18.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67.2%
Steve Buyer 18.7%
Robert Byrd 64.3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20.2%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 21.3%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 20%
Chris Cannon 18.2%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 12.2%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80.5%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 38.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79.2%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80.2%
Dennis Cardoza 64.7%
Russ Carnahan 65.8%
Christopher Carney 49.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60.2%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10.5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71.2%
Mike Castle 46.2%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72.2%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16.5%
Ben Chandler III 55.3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88.7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
Hillary Clinton 82.8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 27.8%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 15%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23.3%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 76%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14.8%
Norm Coleman 42.5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 7.2%
Kent Conrad 57.3%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54.7%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24.2%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8.8%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.5%
Jerry Costello 64.7%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 73.2%
Larry Craig 21.2%
Robert Cramer 48.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 19.7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50.5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 14.7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77.5%
Artur Davis 61.3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82.5%
David Davis 17.3%
Geoff Davis 17.8%
Lincoln Davis 49.5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 69.5%
Thomas Davis III 39.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67.5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88.3%
Bill Delahunt 93.3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84.5%
James DeMint 6.2%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 43%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 39%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 39.5%
Norm Dicks 72.2%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73.5%
Chris Dodd 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74.5%
Elizabeth Dole 21.5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 29.5%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 47%
John Doolittle 11%
Byron Dorgan 59%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.2%
Thelma Drake 14.7%
David Dreier 20.7%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30.7%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83.8%
Chet Edwards 53.7%
Vern Ehlers 41.7%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93.2%
Brad Ellsworth 48.2%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 72.3%
Jo Ann Emerson 39.8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83.3%
Philip English 41.3%
John Ensign 15.5%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9.2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 77.7%
Bob Etheridge 58.3%
Terry Everett 22.5%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 13.5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92.7%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82.2%
Tom Feeney 12%
Russ Feingold 85.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
Michael Ferguson 34.5%
Bob Filner 91.5%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 27.5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 19.8%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 24.3%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 29.7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 7.7%
Barney Frank 89.7%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6.7%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42.3%
Elton Gallegly 14%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 14.7%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 39.3%
Gabrielle Giffords 56.8%
Wayne Gilchrest 48.3%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 58.7%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 6.7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11.2%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 21%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 14.7%
Bart Gordon 54.5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 22.7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 28.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 21.2%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 87.2%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 56.5%
Judd Gregg 30.2%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89.2%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89.3%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 38.7%
John Hall 66.7%

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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