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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
Chris Dodd 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 88%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 87%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Gary Ackerman 85%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
Bill Delahunt 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
Barney Frank 85%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 85%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 85%
Darlene Hooley 85%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 85%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
Michael McNulty 85%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
George Miller 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
Jim Oberstar 85%
John Olver 85%
Ed Pastor 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 85%
José Serrano 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
Hilda Solis 85%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 85%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
John Tierney 85%
Ed Towns 85%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
Diane Watson 85%
Mel Watt 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
Dale Kildee 81%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 81%
Brad Miller 81%
Jim Moran, Jr. 81%
Dave Obey 81%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
Betty Sutton 81%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 81%
Henry Waxman 81%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 78%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 78%
Rob Andrews 77%
Howard Berman 77%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
Jerry Costello 77%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
Herb Kohl 77%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 77%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 76%
Jane Harman 76%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 76%
Jay Rockefeller IV 76%
Anthony Weiner 76%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
Bart Gordon 75%
Carl Levin 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 73%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 72%
Thomas Allen 71%
Tim Bishop 71%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
Russ Carnahan 71%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
John Dingell 71%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 71%
Bob Etheridge 71%
John Hall 71%
Daniel Inouye 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 71%
Alan Mollohan 71%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 71%
Allyson Schwartz 71%
Carol Shea-Porter 71%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Bart Stupak 71%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 70%
Norm Dicks 69%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 69%
Phil Hare 69%
Rush Holt, Jr. 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 69%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68%
Joe Lieberman 68%
Donald Payne 68%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 68%
Pete Stark 68%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
Jim Webb, Jr. 68%
David Wu 68%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 67%
Kent Conrad 67%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
Laura Richardson 67%
Robert Wexler 67%
Robert Byrd 66%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 66%
Steve Kagen 66%
Lynn Woolsey 66%
Leonard Boswell 65%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 65%
Steve Rothman 65%
Ken Salazar 65%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Michael Arcuri 64%
Tom Harkin 64%
Thomas Holden 64%
Dennis Kucinich 64%
Carolyn McCarthy 64%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 64%
Jack Murtha 64%
Shelley Berkley 63%
Bob Filner 63%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 63%
Dennis Moore 63%
Paul Hodes 62%
Mike Michaud 62%
Patrick Murphy 62%

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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