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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 59%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 80%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 62%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 24%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 59%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 58%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 32%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 74%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 59%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 66%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 40%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 23%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 42%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 7%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 33%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 85%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 64%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
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%
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 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
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 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 0%
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%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 49%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 24%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 29%
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 4 Doc Hastings Republican 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
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%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 24%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 35%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 53%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 0%
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%
Brian Baird 71%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
Max Baucus 46%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 58%
Bob Bennett 23%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 47%
Judy Biggert 42%
Brian Bilbray 24%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
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%
Bobby Bright 33%
Henry Brown, Jr. 23%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 85%
Dan Burton 7%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 50%
Eric Cantor 13%
Joseph Cao 41%
Dennis Cardoza 54%
Russ Carnahan 75%
Christopher Carney 47%
Mike Castle 44%
Ben Chandler III 51%
Travis Childers 39%
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%
Chris Dodd 82%

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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