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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76.3%
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. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 13.3%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 15%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 19%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14.8%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 13.5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 76.8%
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. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71.2%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82.2%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 39.3%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 65.2%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. 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. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 94.3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81.2%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 22.7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 9.3%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
SD U.S. Senate Jr 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%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30.7%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54.7%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 8%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 76%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8.8%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11.2%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 20.5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 22.8%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 8.2%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14.5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 14.7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22.3%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 87.2%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 17.8%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 7.2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 28.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 8.3%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 81.8%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 6.7%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 19.5%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 16.5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50.5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 56.5%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10.5%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 15.3%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74.5%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 33.5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 19%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 49.2%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85.8%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 19.8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 14.7%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 12.2%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 76.8%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 30.5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90.2%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93.7%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 84.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80.5%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 16.7%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 26.8%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83.8%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 35%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80.7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 20.3%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63.5%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 21.2%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 36.3%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 68.7%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 38.2%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 61.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9.2%
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%

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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