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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
George Miller 93%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 93%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 93%
John Tierney 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
Barney Frank 91%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
Dave Obey 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
Ed Pastor 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
Betty Sutton 88%
Jim Oberstar 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Michael McNulty 86%
Diane Watson 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
Ed Towns 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 84%
Henry Waxman 84%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 84%
Mel Watt 84%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
Chris Dodd 83%
John Dingell 83%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 82%
Hillary Clinton 82%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82%
Brad Miller 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Bruce Braley 82%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
Herb Kohl 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
Gary Ackerman 81%
Phil Hare 81%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 80%
Carl Levin 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 80%
Jim Moran, Jr. 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 79%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 79%
Rush Holt, Jr. 79%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 78%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
David Wu 78%
Robert Byrd 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 77%
Tim Bishop 77%
Jane Harman 77%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 77%
Tom Harkin 77%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 76%
Howard Berman 76%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 76%
Dale Kildee 76%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 76%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76%
Allyson Schwartz 76%
William Jefferson 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 76%
Donald Payne 75%
Russ Carnahan 75%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 75%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
Robert Wexler 75%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
Anthony Weiner 74%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 74%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
John Hall 73%
Laura Richardson 73%
Mike Michaud 73%
Pete Stark 73%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 72%
Carolyn McCarthy 72%
Steve Rothman 72%
Leonard Boswell 71%
Alan Mollohan 71%
Jay Rockefeller IV 71%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 71%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Bob Filner 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
Bart Stupak 70%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Jerry Costello 69%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 69%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Carol Shea-Porter 69%
Max Baucus 68%
Byron Dorgan 68%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 68%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
Norm Dicks 68%
Ken Salazar 68%
John Spratt, Jr. 68%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
Lynn Woolsey 67%
Nick Rahall II 67%
Ellen Tauscher 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
Thomas Allen 67%
Steve Kagen 66%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
Blanche Lincoln 66%
Paul Hodes 65%
Russ Feingold 65%

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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