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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%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
Albert Wynn 95%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 94.3%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 94.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93.7%
Bill Delahunt 93.3%
Mel Watt 93.3%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93.2%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92.8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92.7%
Maurice Hinchey 92.5%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 92.3%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92.3%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92.2%
Frank Lautenberg 91.7%
Hilda Solis 91.7%
Bob Filner 91.5%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90.8%
John Olver 90.7%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90.7%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90.2%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89.8%
Barney Frank 89.7%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89.7%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89.3%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89.3%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89.3%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89.2%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89.2%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89.2%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88.7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88.7%
Donald Payne 88.7%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88.3%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 87.7%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 87.3%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87.3%
Robert Wexler 87.3%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 87.2%
Howard Berman 86.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86.2%
Lynn Woolsey 86.2%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85.8%
Russ Feingold 85.5%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85.3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85.2%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84.5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 84.5%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 84.5%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84.5%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84.3%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84.2%
Ed Towns 84.2%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83.8%
Patrick Kennedy 83.8%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83.8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83.5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83.3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
Hillary Clinton 82.8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 82.8%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82.8%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 82.5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82.5%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 81.8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 81.8%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81.2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80.8%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80.7%
Anthony Weiner 80.7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80.5%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 80.3%
Dave Obey 80.3%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80.3%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80.3%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80.2%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79.8%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79.7%
Gary Ackerman 79.5%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 79.5%
Steve Rothman 79.5%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79.2%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79.2%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 79%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 78.5%
Betty Sutton 78.5%
Brad Miller 78.3%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 78.3%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77.8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 77.7%
Jane Harman 77.7%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77.5%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77.3%
Herb Kohl 77.3%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 77.3%
David Wu 77.3%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 77.2%
Chris Dodd 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 77%
Thomas Allen 76.8%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 76.8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 76.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 76.7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 76.5%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 76.5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76.3%
Rob Andrews 76.2%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 76.2%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 76%
Paul Hodes 76%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.8%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75.3%
Ellen Tauscher 75.3%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.2%
Pete Stark 75.2%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74.5%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 74.3%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 73.3%
Darlene Hooley 73.3%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 73.2%
William Jefferson 73%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.8%
Jeff Bingaman 72.7%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 72.3%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.3%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72.2%
Norm Dicks 72.2%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72.2%
Michael McNulty 72%
Daniel Inouye 71.7%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71.2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70.8%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 70.7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70.5%
Steve Kagen 70.3%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70.3%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70.2%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 70.2%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69.8%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69.7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 69.5%
Michael Arcuri 69.2%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 68.8%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 68.7%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67.8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67.7%
Jim Oberstar 67.7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67.5%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67.5%
Phil Hare 67.3%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67.2%
Dale Kildee 67.2%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
John Hall 66.7%
Dennis Moore 66.5%
Dennis Kucinich 66.3%
Russ Carnahan 65.8%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 65.2%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 65%
Dennis Cardoza 64.7%
Jerry Costello 64.7%
Robert Byrd 64.3%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64.3%
Brian Baird 63.8%
John Spratt, Jr. 63.7%

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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