Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II D 75%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 91%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 43%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 30%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 27%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 48%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 20%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 67%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 91%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 54%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 67%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 55%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 62%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 0%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 21%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 82%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 80%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 21%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 91%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 43%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 46%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 21%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 31%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 0%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 45%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 0%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 82%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 64%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 91%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 48%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 80%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 74%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 75%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 59%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 15%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 36%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 71%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 0%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 75%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 59%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 70%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 42%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 91%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 46%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 80%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 0%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 75%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 62%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 91%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 79%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 53%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 0%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 0%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 0%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 0%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 30%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 80%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 80%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 80%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 80%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 82%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 56%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 0%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 0%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 40%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 20%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 9%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 20%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 82%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 82%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 0%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 82%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 48%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 82%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 67%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 82%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 54%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 82%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 82%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 82%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 82%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 27%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 31%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 82%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 31%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 75%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 59%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 18%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 82%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 82%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 82%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 82%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 82%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 67%
CA U.S. House-45 John Campbell III R 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 58%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 16%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 82%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 82%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 59%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 82%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 82%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 82%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 0%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 20%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 75%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 9%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 31%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 75%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 41%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 75%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 82%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 42%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 46%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 0%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 62%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 0%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 82%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 67%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 0%
GA U.S. House-10 Paul Broun R 0%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 0%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 48%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 75%
IA U.S. House-1 Bruce Braley D 82%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 82%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 20%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 31%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 75%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 72%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 31%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 82%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 67%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 50%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 30%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 82%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 82%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 20%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 75%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 20%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 29%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 27%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 82%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 82%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 82%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 82%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 58%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 72%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 67%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 82%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 75%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 66%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 82%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 59%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 20%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 31%
MI U.S. House-7 Tim Walberg R 19%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 20%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 82%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 31%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 75%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 82%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 59%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 9%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 82%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 82%
MN U.S. House-6 Michele Bachmann R 15%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 54%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 82%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 75%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 31%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 75%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 75%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 20%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 82%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 0%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 46%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 0%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 38%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 31%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 9%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 52%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 42%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 45%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 0%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 66%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 72%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 66%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 38%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 67%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 20%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 74%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 43%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 67%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 75%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 75%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 82%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 82%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 82%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 82%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 82%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 75%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 67%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 59%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 72%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 82%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 62%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 31%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 0%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 9%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 9%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 82%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 20%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 31%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 75%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 27%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 30%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 30%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 82%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 59%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 82%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 67%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 44%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 20%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 82%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 82%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 41%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 15%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 41%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 75%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 9%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 75%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 16%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 54%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 9%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 82%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 16%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 16%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 16%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 9%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 20%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 29%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 72%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 20%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 16%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 27%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 9%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 72%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 82%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 15%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 20%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 0%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 20%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 54%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 53%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 82%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 9%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 9%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 67%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 9%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 51%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 20%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 82%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 0%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 9%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 26%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 67%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 20%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 59%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 82%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 20%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 20%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 67%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 44%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 75%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 9%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 62%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 82%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 0%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 20%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 31%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 54%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 72%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 21%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 31%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 43%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 80%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 62%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 26%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 75%
Gary Ackerman 59%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 31%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 59%
Jason Altmire 48%
Rob Andrews 82%
Michael Arcuri 54%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
Brian Baird 62%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 48%
Melissa Bean 51%
Bob Bennett 32%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 62%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 16%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 16%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 52%
Rick Boucher 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Nancy Boyda 62%
Henry Brown, Jr. 31%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 16%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 69%
Chris Cannon 0%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 82%
Christopher Carney 46%
Mike Castle 45%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 45%
Ben Chandler III 54%
Travis Childers 46%
Hillary Clinton 91%
Norm Coleman 34%
Kent Conrad 65%
Jerry Costello 52%
Larry Craig 29%
Robert Cramer 62%
Barbara Cubin 16%
Artur Davis 54%
David Davis 9%
Geoff Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 43%
Bill Delahunt 82%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 43%
Norm Dicks 75%
Chris Dodd 73%
Elizabeth Dole 32%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 28%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 71%
Thelma Drake 20%
David Dreier 39%
Chet Edwards 62%
Vern Ehlers 39%
Brad Ellsworth 46%
Jo Ann Emerson 38%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Terry Everett 19%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 80%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 19%
Barney Frank 82%
Elton Gallegly 31%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Wayne Gilchrest 46%
Charlie Gonzalez 82%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
Bart Gordon 53%
Judd Gregg 21%
John Hall 67%
Phil Hare 82%
Jane Harman 75%
Robert Hayes 20%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 54%
Baron Hill 50%
Maurice Hinchey 52%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Paul Hodes 59%
Pete Hoekstra 19%
Thomas Holden 51%
Darlene Hooley 82%
Kenny Hulshof 29%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 21%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 9%
Daniel Inouye 57%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 82%
William Jefferson 82%
Tim Johnson 41%
Steve Kagen 52%
Paul Kanjorski 54%
Ric Keller 20%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 91%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
Dale Kildee 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 82%
Ron Klein 59%
Joseph Knollenberg 31%
Herb Kohl 65%
Dennis Kucinich 52%
John Kuhl, Jr. 31%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 42%
Nicholas Lampson 44%
Steve LaTourette 31%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Jerry Lewis 20%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
John Linder 16%
Dick Lugar 41%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Tim Mahoney 50%
Don Manzullo 20%
Jim Marshall 46%
Melquiades Martinez 36%
Thaddeus McCotter 15%
James McCrery III 9%
John McHugh 31%
Michael McNulty 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 75%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 54%
Brad Miller 82%
Harry Mitchell 48%
Alan Mollohan 75%
Dennis Moore 62%
Patrick Murphy 48%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 27%
Sue Myrick 9%
Ben Nelson 46%
Jim Oberstar 72%
Dave Obey 82%
John Olver 82%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 62%
Ron Paul 41%
Donald Payne 67%
John Peterson 31%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
Todd Platts 31%
Earl Pomeroy 62%
Jon Porter, Sr. 44%
Deborah Pryce 38%
George Radanovich 0%
James Ramstad 45%
Ralph Regula 38%
Denny Rehberg 31%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Thomas Reynolds 26%
Laura Richardson 72%
Ciro Rodriguez 54%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 67%
Ken Salazar 58%
William Sali 0%
Jim Saxton 31%
Jean Schmidt 9%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
John Shadegg 0%
Christopher Shays 48%
Heath Shuler 48%
Ike Skelton 62%
Gordon Smith 36%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 74%
Hilda Solis 82%
Mark Souder 9%
Zack Space 51%
Arlen Specter 52%
John Spratt, Jr. 62%
Pete Stark 67%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 40%
Bart Stupak 54%
John Sullivan 20%
John Sununu 36%
Betty Sutton 82%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 54%
Ellen Tauscher 75%
Gene Taylor 54%
Todd Tiahrt 38%
Ed Towns 82%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 82%
George Voinovich 41%
James Walsh 38%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 35%
Diane Watson 67%
Mel Watt 67%
Jim Webb, Jr. 60%
Anthony Weiner 67%
David Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 29%
Robert Wexler 82%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 54%
Heather Wilson 29%
Lynn Woolsey 66%
David Wu 67%
Albert Wynn 82%
Bill Young 31%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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