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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%

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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