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Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 89%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
John Olver 89%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
Pete Stark 89%
Ellen Tauscher 89%
Ed Towns 89%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
Diane Watson 89%
Mel Watt 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
Robert Wexler 89%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
Roland Burris 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
Daniel Inouye 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 85%
Gary Ackerman 84%
Rob Andrews 84%
Howard Berman 84%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
Bob Filner 84%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 84%
Phil Hare 84%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 84%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 83%
Barney Frank 83%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
Chris Dodd 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
Donald Payne 82%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
Betty Sutton 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
Russ Carnahan 75%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
Norm Dicks 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Mary Jo Kilroy 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
Dennis Moore 75%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 75%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 75%
Steve Rothman 75%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 75%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
Ted Kaufman 74%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 74%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
Jane Harman 72%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
Anthony Weiner 72%
David Wu 72%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 72%
Brian Baird 71%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 71%
Maurice Hinchey 70%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 69%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 69%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 68%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
Herb Kohl 67%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
Eric Massa 67%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 66%
Steve Kagen 66%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 66%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 66%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 66%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 66%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 65%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 64%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 64%
Brad Miller 64%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 64%
Laura Richardson 64%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 64%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 63%
Joe Lieberman 63%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
Vic Snyder 63%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 62%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
John Warner 60%

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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