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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
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 31%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 53%
Judd Gregg 21%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 43%
John Hall 67%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 16%
Phil Hare 82%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
Jane Harman 75%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
Robert Hayes 20%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 54%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 62%
Baron Hill 50%
Maurice Hinchey 52%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 72%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 82%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Paul Hodes 59%
Pete Hoekstra 19%
Thomas Holden 51%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 82%
Darlene Hooley 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
Kenny Hulshof 29%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 21%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 9%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Daniel Inouye 57%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 16%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
William Jefferson 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 16%
Tim Johnson 41%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 53%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
Steve Kagen 52%
Paul Kanjorski 54%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 82%
Ric Keller 20%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 91%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 80%
Dale Kildee 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 43%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 43%
Ron Klein 59%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 9%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
Joseph Knollenberg 31%
Herb Kohl 65%
Dennis Kucinich 52%
John Kuhl, Jr. 31%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 42%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
Nicholas Lampson 44%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 45%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 20%
Steve LaTourette 31%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 9%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 67%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
Jerry Lewis 20%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 67%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
John Linder 16%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 42%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 72%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 27%
Dick Lugar 41%
Dan Lungren 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Tim Mahoney 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
Don Manzullo 20%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 82%
Jim Marshall 46%
Melquiades Martinez 36%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 51%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 31%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 15%
James McCrery III 9%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
John McHugh 31%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 46%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 31%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 48%
Michael McNulty 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 54%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 9%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 59%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 0%
Brad Miller 82%
Harry Mitchell 48%
Alan Mollohan 75%
Dennis Moore 62%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 67%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 31%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 67%
Patrick Murphy 48%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 41%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 27%
Sue Myrick 9%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
Ben Nelson 46%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 27%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 75%
Jim Oberstar 72%
Dave Obey 82%
John Olver 82%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 62%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 82%
Ron Paul 41%
Donald Payne 67%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 20%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 59%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
John Peterson 31%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 20%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 15%
Todd Platts 31%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
Earl Pomeroy 62%
Jon Porter, Sr. 44%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
Deborah Pryce 38%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 48%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 26%
George Radanovich 0%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 54%
James Ramstad 45%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
Ralph Regula 38%
Denny Rehberg 31%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 44%

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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