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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
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 37%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 57%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 6%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 55%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 57%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 14%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 16%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 42%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 42%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 53%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 56%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 19%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 51%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 45%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 22%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 59%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 62%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 24%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 74%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 65%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 21%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 31%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 66%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 68%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 35%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 52%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 24%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 64%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 36%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 59%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 43%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 57%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 29%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 35%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 24%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 51%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 32%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 29%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 24%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 28%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 72%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 29%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 18%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 22%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 38%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 75%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 54%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 7%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 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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