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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 42%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 21%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 24%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 62%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 62%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 79%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 22%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 42%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 30%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 32%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 52%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 34%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 63%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 12%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 28%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 9%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 77%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 22%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 22%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 82%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 81%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 39%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 37%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 3%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 4%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 60%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 4%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 76%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 41%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 45%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 77%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 4%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 30%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 30%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 26%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 76%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 24%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 21%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 36%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 61%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 11%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 30%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 35%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 4%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 9%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 39%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 16%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 32%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%

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.

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