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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 16%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 9%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 54%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 53%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 9%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 59%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 44%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 9%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 62%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 31%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 72%
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%
Michele Bachmann 15%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 62%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 48%
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%
Tim Bishop 74%
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%
Bruce Braley 82%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 31%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 16%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 69%
Dave Camp 20%
John Campbell III 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 26%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 82%
Christopher Carney 46%
Mike Castle 45%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 45%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 54%
Travis Childers 46%
Hillary Clinton 91%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
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%
John Dingell 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%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Wayne Gilchrest 46%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 82%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
Bart Gordon 53%
Judd Gregg 21%
Charles Hagel 43%
John Hall 67%
Ralph Hall 16%
Phil Hare 82%
Tom Harkin 80%
Jane Harman 75%
Doc Hastings 20%
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%
Rush Holt, Jr. 67%
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%
Timothy Johnson 53%
Steve Kagen 52%
Paul Kanjorski 54%
Ric Keller 20%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 91%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
Dale Kildee 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 82%
Jack Kingston 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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