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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Gary Ackerman 84%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
John Adler 59%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Jason Altmire 45%
Rob Andrews 84%
Michael Arcuri 51%
Steve Austria 29%
Joe Baca, Sr. 59%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 27%
Brian Baird 71%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
Max Baucus 46%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 58%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 57%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
Bob Bennett 23%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 47%
Judy Biggert 42%
Brian Bilbray 24%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 29%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
John Boccieri 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 31%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 37%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
Dan Boren 39%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 58%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 22%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 51%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
Bobby Bright 33%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 23%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 19%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
Roland Burris 85%
Dan Burton 7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
Joseph Cao 41%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 75%
Christopher Carney 47%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 38%
Mike Castle 44%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 11%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 14%
Ben Chandler III 51%
Travis Childers 39%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 7%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 19%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 24%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 75%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 83%
Kent Conrad 48%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 52%
Jerry Costello 45%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 66%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
Kathy Dahlkemper 45%
Artur Davis 44%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
Geoff Davis 20%
Lincoln Davis 43%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 59%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 42%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
Chris Dodd 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 42%
Byron Dorgan 49%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 63%
David Dreier 13%
Steve Driehaus 47%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 89%
Chet Edwards 54%
Vern Ehlers 37%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
Brad Ellsworth 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
John Ensign 14%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Bob Etheridge 54%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
Russ Feingold 52%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
Bob Filner 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 33%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 51%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 83%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 39%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
Elton Gallegly 27%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 40%
Gabrielle Giffords 54%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
Bart Gordon 49%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 11%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 59%
Judd Gregg 35%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 36%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 45%

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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