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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85%
Gary Ackerman 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
Todd Akin 2%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 31%
Rodney Alexander 19%
Wayne Allard 7%
Thomas Allen 71%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 77%
Michael Arcuri 64%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
Brian Baird 56%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 47%
Melissa Bean 48%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
Bob Bennett 33%
Shelley Berkley 63%
Howard Berman 77%
Marion Berry 48%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
Judy Biggert 32%
Brian Bilbray 34%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 71%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 3%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 25%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17%
Mary Bono Mack 35%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 26%
Dan Boren 46%
Leonard Boswell 65%
Rick Boucher 55%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 28%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Nancy Boyda 48%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 78%
Henry Brown, Jr. 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 61%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
Ginny Brown-Waite 37%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 40%
Jim Bunning 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 6%
Dan Burton 10%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 76%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 66%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 8%
Chris Cannon 3%
Eric Cantor 9%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 60%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 43%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 71%
Christopher Carney 57%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 51%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
Mike Castle 45%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 28%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 19%
Ben Chandler III 57%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 76%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 71%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
Hillary Clinton 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 67%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 13%
Norm Coleman 44%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 3%
Kent Conrad 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 51%
Jerry Costello 77%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
Larry Craig 23%
Robert Cramer 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 66%
Barbara Cubin 6%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Artur Davis 57%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
David Davis 17%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 53%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
Thomas Davis III 35%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 55%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 61%
Bill Delahunt 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
James DeMint 4%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 41%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 44%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 43%
Norm Dicks 69%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 71%
Chris Dodd 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
Elizabeth Dole 43%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 38%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
John Doolittle 6%
Byron Dorgan 53%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
Thelma Drake 26%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
Chet Edwards 53%
Vern Ehlers 39%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
Brad Ellsworth 48%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 38%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
Philip English 42%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 71%
Bob Etheridge 71%
Terry Everett 10%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 69%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
Tom Feeney 12%
Russ Feingold 58%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
Michael Ferguson 34%
Bob Filner 63%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 30%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 35%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 32%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 52%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 3%
Barney Frank 85%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
Elton Gallegly 27%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 42%
Gabrielle Giffords 52%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 55%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 19%
Charlie Gonzalez 55%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 32%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 26%
Bart Gordon 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 34%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 34%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 85%

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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