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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
Ed Towns 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
Jane Harman 89%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
Howard Berman 87%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
Rob Andrews 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
Gary Ackerman 82%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 82%
John Hall 82%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 82%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 82%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
Jim Oberstar 82%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 80%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 79%
Steve Rothman 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 77%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 77%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 77%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 77%
Dave Obey 77%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 77%
Mel Watt 77%
Anthony Weiner 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 76%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 76%
Laura Richardson 76%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
Donald Payne 75%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 75%
Shelley Berkley 71%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 71%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 71%
Ron Klein 71%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 71%
Brad Miller 71%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 70%
Mary Jo Kilroy 70%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 69%
Bart Gordon 69%
Harry Teague 69%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
Phil Hare 67%
Steve Kagen 67%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 67%
Bart Stupak 67%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 66%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 66%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 66%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 65%
Jeff Bingaman 65%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 65%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 65%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 65%
Kent Conrad 65%
Chris Dodd 65%
Byron Dorgan 65%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
Russ Feingold 65%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 65%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 65%
Daniel Inouye 65%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 65%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 65%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 65%
Frank Lautenberg 65%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 65%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 65%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 65%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 65%
Alan Mollohan 65%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 65%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 65%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 65%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 65%
Arlen Specter 65%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 65%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 65%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 65%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 63%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 63%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Russ Carnahan 61%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 61%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 61%
Norm Dicks 61%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 61%
Dale Kildee 61%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 61%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 61%
Dennis Moore 61%
Scott Murphy 61%
Ciro Rodriguez 61%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 61%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz 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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