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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 79.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 73.3%
Todd Akin 10%
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%
Brian Baird 63.8%
J. Gresham Barrett 7.7%
Roscoe Bartlett 35.3%
Max Baucus 57.3%
Evan Bayh 62.2%
Melissa Bean 51.5%
Bob Bennett 26%
Shelley Berkley 61.8%
Howard Berman 86.3%
Marion Berry 60.3%
Judy Biggert 40.2%
Brian Bilbray 20.7%
Jeff Bingaman 72.7%
Kit Bond 17.7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17.8%
Mary Bono Mack 38.2%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Rick Boucher 58.3%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52.7%
Nancy Boyda 53.8%
Henry Brown, Jr. 20.7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33.3%
Jim Bunning 10.2%
Dan Burton 18.2%
Steve Buyer 18.7%
Robert Byrd 64.3%
Chris Cannon 18.2%
Dennis Cardoza 64.7%
Russ Carnahan 65.8%
Christopher Carney 49.7%
Mike Castle 46.2%
Ben Chandler III 55.3%
Hillary Clinton 82.8%
Norm Coleman 42.5%
Kent Conrad 57.3%
Jerry Costello 64.7%
Larry Craig 21.2%
Robert Cramer 48.7%
Artur Davis 61.3%
David Davis 17.3%
Geoff Davis 17.8%
Lincoln Davis 49.5%
Thomas Davis III 39.5%
Bill Delahunt 93.3%
James DeMint 6.2%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 39%
Norm Dicks 72.2%
Chris Dodd 77%
Elizabeth Dole 21.5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 29.5%
John Doolittle 11%
Byron Dorgan 59%
Thelma Drake 14.7%
David Dreier 20.7%
Chet Edwards 53.7%
Vern Ehlers 41.7%
Brad Ellsworth 48.2%
Jo Ann Emerson 39.8%
Philip English 41.3%
John Ensign 15.5%
Bob Etheridge 58.3%
Terry Everett 22.5%
Tom Feeney 12%
Russ Feingold 85.5%
Michael Ferguson 34.5%
Bob Filner 91.5%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 29.7%
Barney Frank 89.7%
Elton Gallegly 14%
Gabrielle Giffords 56.8%
Wayne Gilchrest 48.3%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 21%
Bart Gordon 54.5%
Judd Gregg 30.2%
John Hall 66.7%
Phil Hare 67.3%
Jane Harman 77.7%
Robert Hayes 28.8%
Wally Herger, Jr. 22.2%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53.7%
Baron Hill 51%
Maurice Hinchey 92.5%
David Lee Hobson 39.5%
Paul Hodes 76%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 53.2%
Darlene Hooley 73.3%
Kenny Hulshof 18.7%
Duncan Hunter 14.8%
Kay Hutchison 24.8%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 34.5%
Daniel Inouye 71.7%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89.3%
William Jefferson 73%
Tim Johnson 42.5%
Steve Kagen 70.3%
Paul Kanjorski 57.3%
Ric Keller 27.7%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 76.2%
Patrick Kennedy 83.8%
Dale Kildee 67.2%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 81.8%
Ron Klein 60%
Joseph Knollenberg 34.2%
Herb Kohl 77.3%
Dennis Kucinich 66.3%
John Kuhl, Jr. 35.8%
Jon Kyl 17.5%
Ray LaHood 42%
Nicholas Lampson 47%
Steve LaTourette 41.8%
Frank Lautenberg 91.7%
Jerry Lewis 31.8%
Ron Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 57.5%
Blanche Lincoln 62.3%
John Linder 6.7%
Dick Lugar 41.8%
Dan Lungren 14.2%
Connie Mack IV 21.3%
Tim Mahoney 50.3%
Don Manzullo 30.3%
Jim Marshall 43.5%
Melquiades Martinez 31.8%
Thaddeus McCotter 25.7%
James McCrery III 22.2%
John McHugh 34.2%
Michael McNulty 72%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 76.5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 47.8%
Brad Miller 78.3%
Harry Mitchell 54%
Alan Mollohan 56.7%
Dennis Moore 66.5%
Patrick Murphy 56.5%
Jack Murtha 61.2%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
Sue Myrick 14.3%
Ben Nelson 46.7%
Jim Oberstar 67.7%
Dave Obey 80.3%
John Olver 90.7%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 58.5%
Ron Paul 39.8%
Donald Payne 88.7%
John Peterson 21.2%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 26%
Todd Platts 38.5%
Earl Pomeroy 61.3%
Jon Porter, Sr. 31.5%
Deborah Pryce 40.3%
George Radanovich 14.8%
James Ramstad 42.2%
Ralph Regula 35.8%
Denny Rehberg 23.5%
Richard Renzi 37.3%
Silvestre Reyes 61.8%
Thomas Reynolds 27.3%
Ciro Rodriguez 59%
Mike Ross 53.7%
Steve Rothman 79.5%
Ken Salazar 59.2%
William Sali 18.7%
Jim Saxton 32.7%
Jean Schmidt 18.3%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 62.7%
John Shadegg 6.7%
Christopher Shays 47.7%
Heath Shuler 49.7%
Ike Skelton 54.3%
Gordon Smith 47.2%
Olympia Snowe 47.8%
Vic Snyder 61.5%
Hilda Solis 91.7%
Mark Souder 18.3%
Zack Space 51.2%
Arlen Specter 45.5%
John Spratt, Jr. 63.7%
Pete Stark 75.2%
Cliff Stearns 22.8%
Ted Stevens 36%
Bart Stupak 58.3%
John Sullivan 16.3%
John Sununu 34%
Betty Sutton 78.5%
Tom Tancredo 15.5%
John Tanner 49.8%
Ellen Tauscher 75.3%

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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