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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 82%
John Adler 46%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 65%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 46%
Rob Andrews 86%
Michael Arcuri 44%
Steve Austria 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
Brian Baird 51%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Max Baucus 45%
Melissa Bean 49%
Bob Bennett 32%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 36%
Brian Bilbray 31%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
John Boccieri 52%
Kit Bond 31%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Dan Boren 41%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Rick Boucher 46%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 54%
Bobby Bright 36%
Henry Brown, Jr. 25%
Scott Brown 36%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 25%
Eric Cantor 18%
Joseph Cao 46%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 61%
Christopher Carney 45%
Mike Castle 42%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 39%
Kent Conrad 65%
Jerry Costello 43%
Mark Critz 38%
Kathy Dahlkemper 47%
Artur Davis 54%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 44%
Bill Delahunt 86%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
Norm Dicks 61%
Charles Djou 47%
Chris Dodd 65%
Byron Dorgan 65%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 49%
Chet Edwards 49%
Vern Ehlers 39%
Brad Ellsworth 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
John Ensign 30%
Bob Etheridge 49%
Russ Feingold 65%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Elton Gallegly 33%
Gabrielle Giffords 49%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Bart Gordon 69%
Judd Gregg 34%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 23%
John Hall 82%
Debbie Halvorson 54%
Phil Hare 67%
Jane Harman 89%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 54%
Baron Hill 49%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
Paul Hodes 60%
Thomas Holden 42%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 31%
Daniel Inouye 65%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 82%
Tim Johnson 36%
Steve Kagen 67%
Paul Kanjorski 49%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
Dale Kildee 61%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 65%
Mary Jo Kilroy 70%
Larry Kissell 54%
Ron Klein 71%
Herb Kohl 59%
Suzanne Kosmas 54%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 44%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
Jon Kyl 21%
Steve LaTourette 38%
Frank Lautenberg 65%
Chris Lee 25%
George LeMieux 21%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 51%
Blanche Lincoln 43%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 35%
Dan Lungren 16%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
Betsy Markey 54%
Jim Marshall 39%
Thaddeus McCotter 31%
Michael McMahon 52%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 61%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 52%
Brad Miller 71%
Walt Minnick 46%
Harry Mitchell 44%
Alan Mollohan 65%
Dennis Moore 61%
Patrick Murphy 54%
Scott Murphy 61%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 41%
Glenn Nye III 44%
Jim Oberstar 82%
Dave Obey 77%
John Olver 93%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 52%
Ron Paul 34%
Donald Payne 75%
Tom Perriello 58%
Todd Platts 39%
Earl Pomeroy 54%
Denny Rehberg 16%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
Laura Richardson 76%
Ciro Rodriguez 61%
Mike Ross 43%
Steve Rothman 79%
Mark Schauer 54%
Jean Schmidt 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 61%
John Shadegg 18%
Heath Shuler 42%
Ike Skelton 44%
Olympia Snowe 38%
Vic Snyder 52%
Zack Space 47%
Arlen Specter 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 54%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 18%
Bart Stupak 67%
John Sullivan 24%
Betty Sutton 61%
John Tanner 46%
Gene Taylor 36%
Harry Teague 69%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 93%
George Voinovich 40%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 77%
Jim Webb, Jr. 51%
Anthony Weiner 77%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 59%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 51%
Bill Young 29%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 42%
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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 48%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 76%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 48%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 66%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 65%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 66%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 65%
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%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 71%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 65%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 70%

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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