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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%
John Adler 48%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Todd Akin 11%
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%
John Barrow 49%
Roscoe Bartlett 26%
Max Baucus 49%
Melissa Bean 52%
Mark Begich 65%
Bob Bennett 34%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 54%
Judy Biggert 37%
Brian Bilbray 33%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Tim Bishop 73%
John Boccieri 54%
Kit Bond 27%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 19%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Rick Boucher 46%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
Bruce Braley 81%
Bobby Bright 40%
Paul Broun 8%
Henry Brown, Jr. 22%
Scott Brown 35%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 14%
Dan Burton 14%
Steve Buyer 27%
Dave Camp 21%
John Campbell III 23%
Eric Cantor 18%
Joseph Cao 43%
Dennis Cardoza 62%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Christopher Carney 46%
Mike Castle 41%
Saxby Chambliss 10%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 41%
Howard Coble 15%
Thomas Coburn 13%
Kent Conrad 72%
Jerry Costello 49%
Mark Critz 46%
Kathy Dahlkemper 50%
Artur Davis 58%
Geoff Davis 17%
Lincoln Davis 51%
Bill Delahunt 86%
James DeMint 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
Norm Dicks 70%
John Dingell 79%
Charles Djou 42%
Chris Dodd 74%
Byron Dorgan 76%
David Dreier 20%
Steve Driehaus 55%
Chet Edwards 49%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Brad Ellsworth 51%
Jo Ann Emerson 24%
John Ensign 23%
Bob Etheridge 61%
Russ Feingold 66%
Bob Filner 78%
Barney Frank 93%
Elton Gallegly 21%
Jim Gerlach 31%
Gabrielle Giffords 47%
Phil Gingrey 10%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Bart Gordon 62%
Judd Gregg 35%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 23%
Kay Hagan 61%
John Hall 77%
Ralph Hall 18%
Debbie Halvorson 52%
Phil Hare 72%
Tom Harkin 77%
Jane Harman 82%
Doc Hastings 16%
Wally Herger, Jr. 7%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 47%
Baron Hill 52%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
Paul Hodes 58%
Thomas Holden 46%
Rush Holt, Jr. 93%
Kay Hutchison 15%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 23%
Daniel Inouye 78%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
Mike Johanns 29%
Timothy Johnson 77%
Tim Johnson 38%
Steve Kagen 77%
Paul Kanjorski 56%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
Dale Kildee 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 72%
Mary Jo Kilroy 74%
Jack Kingston 20%
Larry Kissell 56%
Ron Klein 63%
Herb Kohl 66%
Suzanne Kosmas 57%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 50%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Jon Kyl 18%
Mary Landrieu 64%
Tom Latham 29%
Steve LaTourette 37%
Frank Lautenberg 80%
Chris Lee 31%
George LeMieux 23%
Carl Levin 83%
Jerry Lewis 8%
Joe Lieberman 47%
Blanche Lincoln 54%
John Linder 9%
Dick Lugar 36%
Dan Lungren 25%
Connie Mack IV 17%
Dan Maffei 66%
Don Manzullo 18%
Betsy Markey 55%
Jim Marshall 42%
Jim Matheson 49%
Carolyn McCarthy 69%
Thaddeus McCotter 28%
Mike McIntyre 44%
Buck McKeon 20%
Michael McMahon 47%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 72%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 51%
Mike Michaud 78%
Gary Miller 13%
George Miller 95%
Brad Miller 75%
Walt Minnick 43%
Harry Mitchell 44%
Alan Mollohan 62%
Dennis Moore 62%
Jim Moran, Jr. 78%
Patrick Murphy 54%
Scott Murphy 58%
Sue Myrick 11%
Ben Nelson 42%
Glenn Nye III 45%
Jim Oberstar 89%
Dave Obey 88%
John Olver 97%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 52%
Bill Owens 44%
Ed Pastor 71%
Ron Paul 32%
Donald Payne 75%
Tom Perriello 53%
Tom Petri 23%
Todd Platts 36%
Earl Pomeroy 54%
Mark Pryor 54%
Nick Rahall II 53%
Denny Rehberg 19%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Laura Richardson 73%
Jay Rockefeller IV 65%
Ciro Rodriguez 64%
Mike Rogers 26%
Mike Ross 46%
Steve Rothman 80%
John Salazar 53%
Mark Schauer 59%
Jean Schmidt 6%
Aaron Schock 33%
Allyson Schwartz 63%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 72%
John Shadegg 9%
Carol Shea-Porter 74%
Heath Shuler 55%
Ike Skelton 46%
Olympia Snowe 37%
Vic Snyder 62%

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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