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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Allyson Schwartz 75%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 75%
John Shadegg 0%
Carol Shea-Porter 64%
Heath Shuler 40%
Ike Skelton 45%
Olympia Snowe 46%
Vic Snyder 63%
Mark Souder 20%
Zack Space 50%
Arlen Specter 41%
John Spratt, Jr. 54%
Pete Stark 89%
Cliff Stearns 13%
Bart Stupak 52%
John Sullivan 13%
Betty Sutton 80%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 89%
Gene Taylor 38%
Harry Teague 48%
Lee Terry 33%
Todd Tiahrt 18%
John Tierney 72%
Ed Towns 89%
Mark Udall 57%
George Voinovich 36%
Zach Wamp 28%
John Warner 60%
Diane Watson 89%
Mel Watt 89%
Henry Waxman 89%
Jim Webb, Jr. 44%
Anthony Weiner 72%
Robert Wexler 89%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 48%
Frank Wolf 29%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
David Wu 72%
Bill Young 32%

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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