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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 81%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
Todd Akin 3%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Wayne Allard 9%
Thomas Allen 67%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 58%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 10%
Spencer Bachus 29%
Brian Baird 61%
J. Gresham Barrett 3%
John Barrow 48%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
Max Baucus 68%
Evan Bayh 47%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Bennett 34%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 76%
Marion Berry 60%
Judy Biggert 36%
Brian Bilbray 22%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
Tim Bishop 77%
Kit Bond 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 35%
Dan Boren 47%
Leonard Boswell 71%
Rick Boucher 55%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 54%
Nancy Boyda 57%
Bruce Braley 82%
Paul Broun 3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 10%
Dan Burton 12%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 78%
Dave Camp 24%
John Campbell III 11%
Chris Cannon 6%
Eric Cantor 15%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 75%
Christopher Carney 50%
Mike Castle 45%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 48%
Saxby Chambliss 16%
Ben Chandler III 55%
Hillary Clinton 82%
Howard Coble 21%
Thomas Coburn 8%
Norm Coleman 39%
Kent Conrad 65%
Jerry Costello 69%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 57%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Artur Davis 55%
David Davis 18%
Geoff Davis 13%
Lincoln Davis 52%
Thomas Davis III 35%
Bill Delahunt 90%
James DeMint 8%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 42%
Norm Dicks 68%
John Dingell 83%
Chris Dodd 83%
Elizabeth Dole 39%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 34%
John Doolittle 11%
Byron Dorgan 68%
Thelma Drake 26%
David Dreier 32%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Brad Ellsworth 48%
Jo Ann Emerson 41%
Philip English 41%
John Ensign 7%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Terry Everett 12%
Tom Feeney 16%
Russ Feingold 65%
Michael Ferguson 36%
Bob Filner 70%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 27%
Barney Frank 91%
Elton Gallegly 25%
Jim Gerlach 42%
Gabrielle Giffords 52%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Phil Gingrey 5%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 23%
Bart Gordon 61%
Judd Gregg 21%
Charles Hagel 40%
John Hall 73%
Ralph Hall 17%
Phil Hare 81%
Tom Harkin 77%
Jane Harman 77%
Doc Hastings 14%
Robert Hayes 35.7%
Wally Herger, Jr. 9%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 52%
Baron Hill 51%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
David Lee Hobson 37%
Paul Hodes 65%
Pete Hoekstra 19%
Thomas Holden 59%
Rush Holt, Jr. 79%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Kenny Hulshof 29%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 28%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
William Jefferson 76%
Timothy Johnson 56%
Tim Johnson 42%
Steve Kagen 66%
Paul Kanjorski 58%
Ric Keller 24%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
Dale Kildee 76%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
Jack Kingston 18%
Ron Klein 60%
Joseph Knollenberg 37%
Herb Kohl 82%
Dennis Kucinich 58%
John Kuhl, Jr. 35%
Jon Kyl 7%
Ray LaHood 41%
Nicholas Lampson 44%
Mary Landrieu 51%
Tom Latham 31%
Steve LaTourette 38%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
Carl Levin 80%
Jerry Lewis 22%
Ron Lewis 17.3%
Joe Lieberman 59%
Blanche Lincoln 66%
John Linder 13%
Dick Lugar 38%
Dan Lungren 14%
Connie Mack IV 14%
Tim Mahoney 52%
Don Manzullo 25%
Jim Marshall 45%
Melquiades Martinez 38%
Jim Matheson 49%
Carolyn McCarthy 72%
Thaddeus McCotter 27%
James McCrery III 14%
John McHugh 36%
Mike McIntyre 53%
Buck McKeon 19%
Michael McNulty 86%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 80%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 52%
Mike Michaud 73%
Gary Miller 15%
George Miller 93%
Brad Miller 82%
Harry Mitchell 53%
Alan Mollohan 71%
Dennis Moore 61%
Jim Moran, Jr. 80%
Patrick Murphy 58%
Jack Murtha 63%
Marilyn Musgrave 23%
Sue Myrick 15%
Ben Nelson 50%
Jim Oberstar 87%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 93%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 56%
Ed Pastor 88%
Ron Paul 31%
Donald Payne 75%
John Peterson 26%
Tom Petri 33%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 34%
Todd Platts 35%
Earl Pomeroy 62%
Jon Porter, Sr. 43%
Mark Pryor 57%
George Radanovich 9%

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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