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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
Barney Frank 91%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 91%
John Olver 91%
Donald Payne 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 91%
Diane Watson 91%
Mel Watt 91%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 91%
Howard Berman 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
Roland Burris 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Chris Dodd 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 88%
Dave Obey 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 88%
Betty Sutton 88%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86%
Ed Towns 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
Rob Andrews 82%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
John Hall 82%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 82%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
Steve Rothman 82%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 82%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 82%
Lynn Woolsey 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 81%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
Daniel Inouye 81%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 81%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 81%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 80%
David Wu 80%
Ted Kaufman 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 79%
Jack Murtha 79%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 76%
Russ Carnahan 75%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
Norm Dicks 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Bob Filner 75%
Phil Hare 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Mary Jo Kilroy 75%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 75%
Brad Miller 75%
Dennis Moore 75%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 73%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 73%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 73%
Jim Oberstar 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 73%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 72%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 72%
Gary Ackerman 71%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 71%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 71%
Robert Wexler 71%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 70%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 70%
Shelley Berkley 68%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 68%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 68%
Steve Kagen 68%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 68%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 68%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 68%
Silvestre Reyes 68%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 68%
John Spratt, Jr. 68%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 68%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 67%
Laura Richardson 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 66%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 66%
Ellen Tauscher 66%
Herb Kohl 65%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 64%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 64%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 64%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 64%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 64%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 64%
Pete Stark 64%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 64%
Anthony Weiner 64%
Jeff Bingaman 63%
Bob Etheridge 62%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 62%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 62%
Ciro Rodriguez 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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