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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 66%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 32%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 52%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 16%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 16%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 19%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 45%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 83%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 66%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 68%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 59%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 69%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 74%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 8%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 16%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 32%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 25%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 47%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 66%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 74%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 84%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 78%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 25%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 34%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 39%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 24%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 24%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 25%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 44%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 11%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 32%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 74%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 15%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 17%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 15%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 32%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 81%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 58%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 84%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 23%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 36%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 57%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 11%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 31%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 16%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 28%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 15%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 61%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 34%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 43%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 9%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 21%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 34%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 26%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 9%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 77%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 35%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 39%

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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