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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Thomas Reynolds 26%
Laura Richardson 72%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 56%
Ciro Rodriguez 54%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 46%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 67%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 72%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 75%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 62%
Ken Salazar 58%
William Sali 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 67%
Jim Saxton 31%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
Jean Schmidt 9%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 67%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 9%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
John Shadegg 0%
Christopher Shays 48%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 52%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 59%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 30%
Heath Shuler 48%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 20%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 72%
Ike Skelton 62%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
Gordon Smith 36%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 20%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 74%
Hilda Solis 82%
Mark Souder 9%
Zack Space 51%
Arlen Specter 52%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 82%
John Spratt, Jr. 62%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 74%
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%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 31%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
Todd Tiahrt 38%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 31%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 82%
Ed Towns 82%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 82%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 82%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 20%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 54%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 59%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
George Voinovich 41%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 19%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 30%
James Walsh 38%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 59%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 35%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 67%
Diane Watson 67%
Mel Watt 67%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 82%
Jim Webb, Jr. 60%
Anthony Weiner 67%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 59%
David Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 29%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
Robert Wexler 82%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 9%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 54%
Heather Wilson 29%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 20%
Lynn Woolsey 66%
David Wu 67%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
Albert Wynn 82%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 75%
Bill Young 31%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%

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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