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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal on Social Policy

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 82%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
John Adler 46%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 65%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 46%
Rob Andrews 86%
Michael Arcuri 44%
Steve Austria 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
Brian Baird 51%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 42%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 18%
Max Baucus 45%
Melissa Bean 49%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 63%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 54%
Bob Bennett 32%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 36%
Brian Bilbray 31%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 16%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 48%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 76%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
John Boccieri 52%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 31%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Dan Boren 41%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Rick Boucher 46%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 18%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 48%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 54%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 16%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 66%
Bobby Bright 36%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 25%
Scott Brown 36%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 65%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 28%
Dan Burton 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 66%
Steve Buyer 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 23%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 18%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 65%
Joseph Cao 46%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 65%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 61%
Christopher Carney 45%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 65%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
Mike Castle 42%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 79%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 39%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 70%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 25%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 34%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 61%
Kent Conrad 65%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 52%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 21%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 49%
Jerry Costello 43%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 61%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Mark Critz 38%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
Kathy Dahlkemper 47%
Artur Davis 54%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 70%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 44%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 69%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 41%
Norm Dicks 61%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 76%
Charles Djou 47%
Chris Dodd 65%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 42%
Byron Dorgan 65%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 86%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 49%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 77%
Chet Edwards 49%
Vern Ehlers 39%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Brad Ellsworth 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
John Ensign 30%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Bob Etheridge 49%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
Russ Feingold 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 47%
Bob Filner 93%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 34%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 49%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 93%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 35%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 71%
Elton Gallegly 33%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 36%
Gabrielle Giffords 49%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 65%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 69%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 58%
Judd Gregg 34%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 23%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 71%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 53%

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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