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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 74%
Gary Ackerman 77%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
John Adler 51%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 84%
Todd Akin 8%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 47%
Rob Andrews 81%
Michael Arcuri 50%
Steve Austria 24%
Joe Baca, Sr. 76%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
Brian Baird 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 13%
J. Gresham Barrett 14%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
Roscoe Bartlett 23%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 18%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 41%
Melissa Bean 53%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 66%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 68%
Bob Bennett 21%
Shelley Berkley 72%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 38%
Brian Bilbray 22%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 70%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
John Boccieri 49%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 8%
Kit Bond 32%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 16%
Mary Bono Mack 28%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 16%
Dan Boren 42%
Leonard Boswell 72%
Rick Boucher 55%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
Bobby Bright 38%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 27%
Jim Bunning 7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
Roland Burris 88%
Dan Burton 14%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 79%
Steve Buyer 19%
Robert Byrd 59%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 22%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 12%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 61%
Joseph Cao 40%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 34%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Russ Carnahan 74%
Christopher Carney 48%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 74%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 11%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 56%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 32%
Mike Castle 42%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 93%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 9%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16%
Ben Chandler III 54%
Travis Childers 41%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 28%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 16%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 72%
Kent Conrad 62%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 58%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 34%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
Jerry Costello 52%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
Kathy Dahlkemper 49%
Artur Davis 49%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Geoff Davis 24%
Lincoln Davis 45%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
James DeMint 5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 37%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
Norm Dicks 76%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
Chris Dodd 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 64%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 44%
Byron Dorgan 52%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 83%
David Dreier 16%
Steve Driehaus 58%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 90%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 39%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
Brad Ellsworth 46%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
John Ensign 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Bob Etheridge 64%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 48%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
Bob Filner 81%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 19%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 16%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 34%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
Barney Frank 92%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 92%
Elton Gallegly 19%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 35%
Gabrielle Giffords 52%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 84%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 9%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
Bart Gordon 52%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 76%
Judd Gregg 36%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 40%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 83%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 61%

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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