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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 73%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
John Adler 48%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Todd Akin 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Jason Altmire 46%
Rob Andrews 73%
Michael Arcuri 52%
Steve Austria 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 63%
Michele Bachmann 8%
Spencer Bachus 24%
Brian Baird 59%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 97%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 10%
John Barrow 49%
Roscoe Bartlett 26%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 22%
Max Baucus 49%
Melissa Bean 52%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Mark Begich 65%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 60%
Bob Bennett 34%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 37%
Brian Bilbray 33%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
Tim Bishop 73%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 16%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
John Boccieri 54%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6%
Kit Bond 27%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 19%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 16%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Rick Boucher 46%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 19%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 79%
Bruce Braley 81%
Bobby Bright 40%
Paul Broun 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 22%
Scott Brown 35%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
Jim Bunning 14%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 21%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 24%
Dan Burton 14%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
Steve Buyer 27%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
Dave Camp 21%
John Campbell III 23%
Eric Cantor 18%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 72%
Joseph Cao 43%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 32%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Dennis Cardoza 62%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Christopher Carney 46%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
Mike Castle 41%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 25%
Saxby Chambliss 10%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 41%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 77%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 84%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
Howard Coble 15%
Thomas Coburn 13%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 26%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 86%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 32%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 62%
Kent Conrad 72%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 48%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
Jerry Costello 49%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 62%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 27%
Mark Critz 46%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 6%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
Kathy Dahlkemper 50%
Artur Davis 58%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
Geoff Davis 17%
Lincoln Davis 51%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 76%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
James DeMint 10%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
Norm Dicks 70%
John Dingell 79%
Charles Djou 42%
Chris Dodd 74%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 70%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 45%
Byron Dorgan 76%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 92%
David Dreier 20%
Steve Driehaus 55%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 85%
Chet Edwards 49%
Vern Ehlers 40%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Brad Ellsworth 51%
Jo Ann Emerson 24%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
John Ensign 23%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Bob Etheridge 61%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
Russ Feingold 66%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
Bob Filner 78%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 35%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 52%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
Barney Frank 93%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 34%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 83%
Elton Gallegly 21%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 8%
Jim Gerlach 31%
Gabrielle Giffords 47%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
Phil Gingrey 10%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 12%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 12%
Bart Gordon 62%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 21%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 55%
Judd Gregg 35%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 23%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 79%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 80%
Kay Hagan 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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