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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Eric Cantor 26%
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%

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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