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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 97%
John Olver 97%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 97%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 97%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Barney Frank 93%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
Ed Towns 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Jim Oberstar 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
Dave Obey 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Diane Watson 87%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 86%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 84%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
Jane Harman 82%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
Howard Berman 81%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 81%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 81%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
Frank Lautenberg 80%
Pete Stark 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
Mel Watt 79%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 79%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
Bob Filner 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
Daniel Inouye 78%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 78%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
John Hall 77%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 77%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 77%
Steve Kagen 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Byron Dorgan 76%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 76%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 76%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Arlen Specter 75%
Anthony Weiner 75%
Donald Payne 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Brad Miller 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 74%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 74%
Chris Dodd 74%
Mary Jo Kilroy 74%
Rob Andrews 73%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 73%
Laura Richardson 73%
Gary Ackerman 73%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 73%
Bart Stupak 73%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 73%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 73%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 72%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 72%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 72%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 72%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 72%
Kent Conrad 72%
Phil Hare 72%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 72%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 71%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
Betty Sutton 71%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 71%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 70%
Norm Dicks 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 69%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 68%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 67%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Herb Kohl 66%
Russ Feingold 66%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 66%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 66%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 65%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
Ciro Rodriguez 64%

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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