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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 36%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 38%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 15%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 16%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 49%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 76%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 60%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 71%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 5%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 26%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 62%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 54%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 21%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 72%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 39%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 10%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 39%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 48%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 15%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 97%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 23%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 33%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 45%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 59%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 73%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 12%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 16%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 23%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 17%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 19%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 66%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 92%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 55%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 23%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 23%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 31%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 57%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 77%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 18%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 48%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 74%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 24%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 40%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 16%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 35%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 15%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 34%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 68%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 76%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 18%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 55%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 81%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 35%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 70%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6%

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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