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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 72%
Gary Ackerman 59%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 31%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 59%
Jason Altmire 48%
Rob Andrews 82%
Michael Arcuri 54%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 15%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Brian Baird 62%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 82%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 48%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 9%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 48%
Melissa Bean 51%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 82%
Bob Bennett 32%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 62%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 16%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 74%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 9%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 16%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 52%
Rick Boucher 53%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Nancy Boyda 62%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 31%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 21%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 41%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 16%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 69%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 26%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 58%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 82%
Christopher Carney 46%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 55%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 9%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 62%
Mike Castle 45%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 75%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 45%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 31%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 54%
Travis Childers 46%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
Hillary Clinton 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 36%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 30%
Norm Coleman 34%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 16%
Kent Conrad 65%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
Jerry Costello 52%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
Larry Craig 29%
Robert Cramer 62%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
Barbara Cubin 16%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 54%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 66%
Artur Davis 54%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
David Davis 9%
Geoff Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
Thomas Davis III 43%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 59%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
Bill Delahunt 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 82%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 41%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 43%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 42%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
Chris Dodd 73%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
Elizabeth Dole 32%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 28%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 46%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 71%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 82%
Thelma Drake 20%
David Dreier 39%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 16%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 82%
Chet Edwards 62%
Vern Ehlers 39%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
Brad Ellsworth 46%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 38%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 59%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Terry Everett 19%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 67%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 58%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 38%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 19%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 82%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38%
Elton Gallegly 31%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Wayne Gilchrest 46%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 46%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 16%
Charlie Gonzalez 82%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 9%
Bart Gordon 53%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%

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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