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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Gene Taylor 46.3%
Todd Tiahrt 19.7%
Ed Towns 84.2%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 79%
George Voinovich 41.8%
James Walsh 41%
Zach Wamp 20.5%
John Warner 38.8%
Diane Watson 87.7%
Mel Watt 93.3%
Jim Webb, Jr. 60.2%
Anthony Weiner 80.7%
David Weldon 15.2%
Gerald Weller 27.7%
Robert Wexler 87.3%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 55.2%
Heather Wilson 31.7%
Lynn Woolsey 86.2%
David Wu 77.3%
Albert Wynn 95%
Bill Young 31%

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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