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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 39%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 61%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 26%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 55%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 64%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 51%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 19%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 22%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 34%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 64%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 42%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 35%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 48%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 11%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 61%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 49%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 3%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 26%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 58%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 6%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 61%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 32%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 55%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 61%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 9%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 73%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 77%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 77%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 55%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 14%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 31%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 16%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 77%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 60%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 76%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 39%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 85%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 51%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 61%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 3%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 54%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 3%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 43%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 46%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 24%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 59%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 59%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 29%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 17%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 23%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 85%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 37%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 23%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 28%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 81%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 76%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 78%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 62%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 41%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 10%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 6%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 71%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 34%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 76%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 39%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 81%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 3%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 57%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 12%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 35%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 22%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 6%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 78%

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.

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