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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 29%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 75%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 31%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 24%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 66%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 68%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 66%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 84%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 40%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 59%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 64%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 7%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 7%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 35%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 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%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 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 Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 31%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 37%
Dan Boren 39%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 58%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 22%
Barbara Boxer 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 51%
Bruce Braley 82%
Bobby Bright 33%
Paul Broun 0%
Corrine Brown 80%
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%
Lois Capps 84%
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%
Ander Crenshaw 36%
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%
Donna Edwards 89%
Chet Edwards 54%
Vern Ehlers 37%
Brad Ellsworth 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
John Ensign 14%
Bob Etheridge 54%
Sam Farr 84%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 84%
Russ Feingold 52%
Bob Filner 84%
John Fleming, Jr. 20%
Randy Forbes 13%
Barney Frank 83%
Elton Gallegly 27%
Scott Garrett 0%
Jim Gerlach 40%
Gabrielle Giffords 54%
Phil Gingrey 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
Bart Gordon 49%
Alan Grayson 59%
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%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 71%
Paul Hodes 59%
Pete Hoekstra 24%
Thomas Holden 49%
Rush Holt, Jr. 89%
Mike Honda 89%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 13%
Daniel Inouye 85%
Steve Israel 82%
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%
John Kerry 85%
Dale Kildee 57%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Mary Jo Kilroy 75%
Jack Kingston 18%
Mark Kirk 42%
Ann Kirkpatrick 52%

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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