Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 37%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 35%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 6%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 20%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 24%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 20%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 28%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 13%
AZ U.S. House-1 Ann Kirkpatrick D 52%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 89%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 79%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 78%
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 0%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 84%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 54%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 89%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 71%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 52%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 89%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 75%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 84%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 84%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 16%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 13%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 84%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 75%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 80%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 82%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 89%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 89%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 89%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 84%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 72%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 13%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 75%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 61%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 75%
CO U.S. House-2 Jared Polis D 89%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House-6 Michael Coffman R 24%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 67%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 75%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 72%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 66%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 75%
CT U.S. House-4 Jim Himes D 64%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 85%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 69%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 7%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 36%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 80%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 13%
FL U.S. House-8 Bill Posey R 13%
FL U.S. House-9 Alan Grayson D 59%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 29%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 89%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 33%
FL U.S. House-17 Tom Rooney R 29%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 89%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 84%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 38%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 43%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 35%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 16%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 58%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 0%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 69%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 89%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 17%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 0%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 70%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 24%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 57%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 10%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 35%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 82%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 42%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 89%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 45%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 80%
IL U.S. House-5 Mike Quigley D 64%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 24%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 89%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 89%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 51%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 32%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 42%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 72%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 84%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 17%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 10%
KS U.S. House-2 Lynn Jenkins R 24%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 10%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 6%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 28%
KY U.S. House-2 Brett Guthrie R 29%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 72%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 29%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 0%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr Bill Cassidy R 38%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 18%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 22%
LA U.S. House-4 John Fleming, Jr. R 20%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 89%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 67%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 80%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 89%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 89%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 85%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 85%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 63%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 84%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 89%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 83%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 89%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 75%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 43%
ME U.S. House-1 Chellie Pingree D 75%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 82%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Gary Peters D 64%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 39%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 72%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 33%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 82%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 53%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 54%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 7%
MN U.S. House-3 Erik Paulsen R 33%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 89%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 89%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 43%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 56%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 13%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 84%
MO U.S. House-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 24%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 89%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 27%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 19%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 13%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 74%
MS U.S. House-3 Gregg Harper R 22%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 85%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 8%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 80%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 27%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 84%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 7%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 33%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 7%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 69%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 85%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 36%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 40%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 0%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 70%
NJ U.S. House-7 Leonard Lance R 39%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 75%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 80%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 39%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 64%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 59%
NM U.S. House-3 Ben Lujan, Jr. D 80%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 62%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 24%
NV U.S. House-1 Dina Titus D 59%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 79%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 81%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 33%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 82%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 70%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 89%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 89%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 89%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 72%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 89%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 89%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 89%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 89%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 75%
NY U.S. House-20 Paul Tonko D 84%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 89%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 67%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 85%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 0%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 11%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 0%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 67%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 33%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 89%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 32%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 63%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 23%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 20%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 20%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 74%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 69%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 40%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 84%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 59%
OR U.S. House-5 Kurt Schrader D 66%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 42%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 84%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 84%
PA U.S. House-5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. R 29%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 23%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 63%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 42%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 7%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 33%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 85%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 85%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 64%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 30%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 89%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 17%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 34%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 29%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 29%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 11%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 57%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 0%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 75%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 21%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 0%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 18%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 17%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 11%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 13%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 11%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 84%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 29%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 11%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 11%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 71%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 89%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 0%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 17%
TX U.S. House-22 Pete Olson R 0%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 7%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 19%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 51%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 59%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 82%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 7%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 75%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 31%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 11%
UT U.S. House-3 Jason Chaffetz R 11%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 24%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 69%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 13%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 7%
VA U.S. House-11 Gerry Connolly D 83%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 66%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 68%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 66%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 85%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 77%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 84%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 24%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 89%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 40%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 59%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 64%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 89%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 7%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 67%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 89%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 7%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 35%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 9%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 0%
WY U.S. House-At-Large Cynthia Lummis R 0%
Neil Abercrombie 67%
Gary Ackerman 84%
John Adler 59%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Jason Altmire 45%
Rob Andrews 84%
Michael Arcuri 51%
Steve Austria 29%
Joe Baca, Sr. 59%
Michele Bachmann 10%
Spencer Bachus 27%
Brian Baird 71%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 47%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
Max Baucus 46%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 58%
Mark Begich 57%
Bob Bennett 23%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 47%
Judy Biggert 42%
Brian Bilbray 24%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Tim Bishop 75%
John Boccieri 45%
Kit Bond 31%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 37%
Dan Boren 39%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 58%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 51%
Bruce Braley 82%
Bobby Bright 33%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 23%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 85%
Dan Burton 7%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 50%
Dave Camp 24%
John Campbell III 0%
Eric Cantor 13%
Joseph Cao 41%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 75%
Christopher Carney 47%
Mike Castle 44%
Saxby Chambliss 14%
Ben Chandler III 51%
Travis Childers 39%
Howard Coble 7%
Thomas Coburn 10%
Kent Conrad 48%
Jerry Costello 45%
Kathy Dahlkemper 45%
Artur Davis 44%
Geoff Davis 20%
Lincoln Davis 43%
Bill Delahunt 84%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
Norm Dicks 75%
John Dingell 67%
Chris Dodd 82%
Byron Dorgan 49%
David Dreier 13%
Steve Driehaus 47%
Chet Edwards 54%
Vern Ehlers 37%
Brad Ellsworth 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
John Ensign 14%
Bob Etheridge 54%
Russ Feingold 52%
Bob Filner 84%
Barney Frank 83%
Elton Gallegly 27%
Jim Gerlach 40%
Gabrielle Giffords 54%
Phil Gingrey 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
Bart Gordon 49%
Judd Gregg 35%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 36%
Kay Hagan 45%
John Hall 57%
Ralph Hall 20%
Debbie Halvorson 54%
Phil Hare 84%
Tom Harkin 85%
Jane Harman 72%
Doc Hastings 11%
Wally Herger, Jr. 10%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Baron Hill 45%
Maurice Hinchey 70%
Paul Hodes 59%
Pete Hoekstra 24%
Thomas Holden 49%
Rush Holt, Jr. 89%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 13%
Daniel Inouye 85%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89%
Mike Johanns 22%
Timothy Johnson 65%
Tim Johnson 36%
Steve Kagen 66%
Paul Kanjorski 51%
Ted Kaufman 74%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
Dale Kildee 57%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Mary Jo Kilroy 75%
Jack Kingston 18%
Larry Kissell 52%
Ron Klein 57%
Herb Kohl 67%
Suzanne Kosmas 57%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 49%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
Jon Kyl 24%
Mary Landrieu 53%
Tom Latham 29%
Steve LaTourette 36%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
Chris Lee 24%
Carl Levin 85%
Jerry Lewis 22%
Joe Lieberman 63%
Blanche Lincoln 59%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 39%
Dan Lungren 7%
Connie Mack IV 18%
Dan Maffei 58%
Don Manzullo 17%
Betsy Markey 54%
Jim Marshall 42%
Melquiades Martinez 33%
Eric Massa 67%
Jim Matheson 49%
Carolyn McCarthy 71%
Thaddeus McCotter 29%
John McHugh 37%
Mike McIntyre 41%
Buck McKeon 24%
Michael McMahon 59%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 66%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 44%
Mike Michaud 54%
Gary Miller 18%
George Miller 72%
Brad Miller 64%
Walt Minnick 45%
Harry Mitchell 49%
Alan Mollohan 53%
Dennis Moore 75%
Jim Moran, Jr. 89%
Patrick Murphy 59%
Scott Murphy 45%
Jack Murtha 53%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 38%
Glenn Nye III 45%
Jim Oberstar 49%
Dave Obey 59%
John Olver 89%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59%
Ed Pastor 75%
Ron Paul 27%
Donald Payne 82%
Tom Perriello 48%
Tom Petri 24%
Todd Platts 40%
Earl Pomeroy 54%
Mark Pryor 55%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 53%
Denny Rehberg 29%
Silvestre Reyes 58%
Laura Richardson 64%
Jay Rockefeller IV 73%
Ciro Rodriguez 54%
Mike Rogers 24%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 75%
John Salazar 54%
Mark Schauer 59%
Jean Schmidt 17%
Aaron Schock 29%
Allyson Schwartz 75%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
John Shadegg 0%
Carol Shea-Porter 64%
Heath Shuler 40%
Ike Skelton 45%
Olympia Snowe 46%
Vic Snyder 63%
Mark Souder 20%
Zack Space 50%
Arlen Specter 41%
John Spratt, Jr. 54%
Pete Stark 89%
Cliff Stearns 13%
Bart Stupak 52%
John Sullivan 13%
Betty Sutton 80%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 89%
Gene Taylor 38%
Harry Teague 48%
Lee Terry 33%
Todd Tiahrt 18%
John Tierney 72%
Ed Towns 89%
Mark Udall 57%
George Voinovich 36%
Zach Wamp 28%
John Warner 60%
Diane Watson 89%
Mel Watt 89%
Henry Waxman 89%
Jim Webb, Jr. 44%
Anthony Weiner 72%
Robert Wexler 89%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 48%
Frank Wolf 29%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
David Wu 72%
Bill Young 32%

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