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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jeff Bingaman 94%
Robert Byrd 94%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 94%
Herb Kohl 94%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
Leonard Boswell 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 92%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 92%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 92%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
Michael McNulty 92%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
Jim Oberstar 92%
Dave Obey 92%
John Olver 92%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92%
Hilda Solis 92%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
Diane Watson 92%
David Wu 92%
Albert Wynn 92%
Gary Ackerman 85%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 85%
Bill Delahunt 85%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 85%
Barney Frank 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 85%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
Donald Payne 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 85%
Betty Sutton 85%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 85%
Mel Watt 85%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 83%
Pete Stark 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 78%
Phil Hare 78%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 78%
Steve Kagen 78%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 78%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
Laura Richardson 78%
Steve Rothman 78%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 78%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 78%
Bart Stupak 78%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 78%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 78%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 78%
Jerry Costello 77%
John Hall 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 77%
Anthony Weiner 77%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 76%
Jane Harman 76%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 76%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 76%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
William Jefferson 75%
Howard Berman 70%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 70%
Paul Hodes 70%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
Brad Miller 70%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
Ed Towns 70%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 70%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 69%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 69%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 69%
Lynn Woolsey 69%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 68%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 65%
Thomas Allen 65%
Max Baucus 65%
Marion Berry 65%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 65%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 65%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 65%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 65%
Chris Dodd 65%
Byron Dorgan 65%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 65%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 65%
Daniel Inouye 65%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 65%
Dale Kildee 65%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 65%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 65%
Frank Lautenberg 65%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 65%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 65%
Blanche Lincoln 65%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 65%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 65%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 65%
Ken Salazar 65%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 65%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 65%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 65%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 65%
Ike Skelton 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 65%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 65%
Robert Wexler 65%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 65%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 64%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
Patrick Kennedy 64%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 64%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 64%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 63%
Earl Pomeroy 63%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 63%
Ellen Tauscher 63%
Hillary Clinton 62%
Jim Webb, Jr. 61%
Kent Conrad 60%
Joe Baca, Sr. 59%
Brian Baird 59%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%

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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