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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
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 75%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 30%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 27%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 48%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 54%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 55%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 21%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 82%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 43%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 31%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 45%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 74%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 59%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 15%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 71%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 59%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 42%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 91%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 46%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 62%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 53%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 56%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 9%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 82%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 82%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 48%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 59%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 41%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 42%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 46%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 48%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 75%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 20%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 72%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 30%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 75%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 29%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 58%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 72%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 66%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 59%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 59%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 9%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 15%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 31%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 46%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 38%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 31%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 9%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 52%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 72%

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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