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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jack Kingston 0%
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%
Mary Landrieu 45%
Tom Latham 20%
Steve LaTourette 31%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Carl Levin 80%
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%
Jim Matheson 51%
Carolyn McCarthy 75%
Thaddeus McCotter 15%
James McCrery III 9%
John McHugh 31%
Mike McIntyre 46%
Buck McKeon 31%
Michael McNulty 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 75%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 54%
Mike Michaud 59%
Gary Miller 18%
George Miller 82%
Brad Miller 82%
Harry Mitchell 48%
Alan Mollohan 75%
Dennis Moore 62%
Jim Moran, Jr. 67%
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%
Ed Pastor 82%
Ron Paul 41%
Donald Payne 67%
John Peterson 31%
Tom Petri 20%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
Todd Platts 31%
Earl Pomeroy 62%
Jon Porter, Sr. 44%
Deborah Pryce 38%
Mark Pryor 48%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 54%
James Ramstad 45%
Ralph Regula 38%
Denny Rehberg 31%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Thomas Reynolds 26%
Laura Richardson 72%
Jay Rockefeller IV 56%
Ciro Rodriguez 54%
Mike Rogers 20%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 67%
John Salazar 62%
Ken Salazar 58%
William Sali 0%
Jim Saxton 31%
Jean Schmidt 9%
Allyson Schwartz 82%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
John Shadegg 0%
Christopher Shays 48%
Carol Shea-Porter 52%
Heath Shuler 48%
Ike Skelton 62%
Gordon Smith 36%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 74%
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%
John Sununu 36%
Betty Sutton 82%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 54%
Ellen Tauscher 75%
Gene Taylor 54%
Lee Terry 31%
Todd Tiahrt 38%
John Tierney 82%
Ed Towns 82%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 82%
Mark Udall 54%
George Voinovich 41%
James Walsh 38%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 35%
Diane Watson 67%
Mel Watt 67%
Henry Waxman 82%
Jim Webb, Jr. 60%
Anthony Weiner 67%
David Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 29%
Robert Wexler 82%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 54%
Heather Wilson 29%
Frank Wolf 20%
Lynn Woolsey 66%
David Wu 67%
Albert Wynn 82%
Bill Young 31%

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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