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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. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 65%
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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 24%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 54%
AR U.S. Senate Jr 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 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
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 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
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 25 Buck McKeon Republican 20%
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 31 Gary Miller Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
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 45 John Campbell III Republican 23%
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 Mark Udall Democratic 61%
CO U.S. Senate Jr 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%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 53%
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 Jefferson 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 and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 20%
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 10 Paul Broun Republican 8%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 49%
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. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 77%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 81%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 29%
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 Gutierrez 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 Mary Landrieu Democratic 64%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 17%
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%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
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 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
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%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 21%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 26%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 23%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 55%
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 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 8%
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. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 61%
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 6 Howard Coble Republican 15%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 44%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 16%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 29%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 35%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 15%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 73%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 30%

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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