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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Byron Dorgan 54%
David Dreier 21%
Steve Driehaus 53%
Chet Edwards 49%
Vern Ehlers 37%
Brad Ellsworth 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 35%
John Ensign 6%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Russ Feingold 47%
Bob Filner 75%
Barney Frank 91%
Elton Gallegly 16%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
Bart Gordon 55%
Judd Gregg 31%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 42%
John Hall 82%
Debbie Halvorson 51%
Phil Hare 75%
Jane Harman 61%
Wally Herger, Jr. 9%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
Baron Hill 51%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
Paul Hodes 55%
Pete Hoekstra 28%
Thomas Holden 48%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 22%
Daniel Inouye 81%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
Tim Johnson 35%
Steve Kagen 68%
Paul Kanjorski 55%
Ted Kaufman 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Dale Kildee 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 70%
Mary Jo Kilroy 75%
Larry Kissell 50%
Ron Klein 61%
Herb Kohl 65%
Suzanne Kosmas 48%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 42%
Dennis Kucinich 51%
Jon Kyl 11%
Steve LaTourette 39%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
Chris Lee 33%
Jerry Lewis 24%
Joe Lieberman 49%
Blanche Lincoln 44%
John Linder 8%
Dick Lugar 37%
Dan Lungren 19%
Connie Mack IV 14%
Don Manzullo 16%
Betsy Markey 44%
Jim Marshall 43%
Melquiades Martinez 36%
Eric Massa 45%
Thaddeus McCotter 36%
John McHugh 42%
Michael McMahon 46%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 64%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 47%
Brad Miller 75%
Walt Minnick 41%
Harry Mitchell 42%
Alan Mollohan 61%
Dennis Moore 75%
Patrick Murphy 57%
Scott Murphy 49%
Jack Murtha 79%
Sue Myrick 18%
Ben Nelson 41%
Glenn Nye III 44%
Jim Oberstar 73%
Dave Obey 88%
John Olver 91%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 58%
Ron Paul 15%
Donald Payne 91%
Tom Perriello 45%
Todd Platts 36%
Earl Pomeroy 57%
George Radanovich 9%
Denny Rehberg 24%
Silvestre Reyes 68%
Laura Richardson 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 62%
Mike Ross 48%
Steve Rothman 82%
Mark Schauer 58%
Jean Schmidt 20%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 59%
John Shadegg 0%
Heath Shuler 45%
Ike Skelton 50%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Vic Snyder 56%
Mark Souder 32%
Zack Space 51%
Arlen Specter 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 68%
Pete Stark 64%
Cliff Stearns 24%
Bart Stupak 49%
John Sullivan 13%
Betty Sutton 88%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 66%
Gene Taylor 41%
Harry Teague 43%
Todd Tiahrt 13%
Ed Towns 86%
George Voinovich 38%
Zach Wamp 27%
John Warner 56%
Diane Watson 91%
Mel Watt 91%
Jim Webb, Jr. 46%
Anthony Weiner 64%
Robert Wexler 71%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 61%
Lynn Woolsey 82%
David Wu 80%
Bill Young 33%

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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