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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 95.5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 94.2%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14.2%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 26.7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 27.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89.8%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60.2%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69.8%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 12.5%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 87.3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15.5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83.8%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 45.5%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 47%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 19.7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34.7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 13.5%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 15.5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 84.5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80.2%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82.8%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77.3%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 57.3%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16.2%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23.3%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 18.2%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 61.7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 7.8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92.8%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79.8%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89.2%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 21.5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 58.7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76.3%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 13.3%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 76.8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71.2%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 94.3%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 22.7%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17.3%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24.2%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8.8%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 33.5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90.2%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93.7%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 84.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80.5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 38.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9.2%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 35.8%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 19%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26.8%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89.2%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6.7%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.8%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 70.2%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.5%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 77.7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92.7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 14.8%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 19.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 78.3%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90.8%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89.3%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 14.8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92.2%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20.2%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77.8%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 18.8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 69.5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88.3%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6.7%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67.5%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80.8%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 73.2%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84.5%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 22.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 19.7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67.7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 8.3%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 20.3%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72.2%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 25.5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89.2%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 77.3%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 39.5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61.7%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 6.7%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 92.3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83.3%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 8.3%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70.5%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 8.8%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 33.2%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 82.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 54.7%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 89.3%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 16.8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82.5%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 23%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70.8%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 30%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 15.8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79.2%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.3%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.2%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85.3%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79.2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77.5%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 41.3%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 20.7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67.8%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 36.7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64.3%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 9.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86.2%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93.2%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51.8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 21.2%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79.7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67.2%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 42%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90.7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 7.7%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 24.3%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13.5%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40.3%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44.5%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 14.7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88.7%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80.3%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42.3%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 27.8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.8%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88.7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92.3%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17.5%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 11.7%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6.7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70.2%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 31.8%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 25.3%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70.3%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 19%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14.8%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 36.5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83.7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67.5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82.2%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 75.2%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 43%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 11.8%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 37.3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81.2%

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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