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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
John Olver 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Mel Watt 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
Barney Frank 92%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
Howard Berman 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
Betty Sutton 89%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
Roland Burris 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
Phil Hare 86%
Donald Payne 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
Chris Dodd 85%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 84%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 84%
Daniel Inouye 84%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 84%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 84%
Steve Rothman 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Mary Jo Kilroy 83%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 83%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
Dave Obey 82%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 82%
Bob Filner 81%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 81%
Rob Andrews 81%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 81%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
Lynn Woolsey 80%
Robert Wexler 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 79%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 79%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 78%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
Ellen Tauscher 78%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 78%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
Anthony Weiner 78%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 78%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 78%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
Ted Kaufman 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
Gary Ackerman 77%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 77%
Steve Kagen 77%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 76%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
Norm Dicks 76%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 76%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 76%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
Maurice Hinchey 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 75%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
Russ Carnahan 74%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 74%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 74%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 74%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 74%
Jane Harman 74%
Jim Oberstar 73%
Shelley Berkley 72%
David Wu 72%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 72%
Leonard Boswell 72%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 71%
Dennis Moore 71%
Pete Stark 71%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 70%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 70%
Brad Miller 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
Dale Kildee 69%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 69%
Jack Murtha 69%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 66%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 66%
Laura Richardson 66%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 66%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 66%
Dennis Kucinich 65%
John Warner 65%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 64%

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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