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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1998 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Richard Bryan 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 90%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
Paul Wellstone 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
Thomas Daschle 83%
Chris Dodd 83%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 83%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 81%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 81%
Daniel Inouye 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
Gary Ackerman 79%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 79%
Howard Berman 79%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
David Edward Bonior 79%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
Julia Carson 79%
William Clay, Sr. 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 79%
William Coyne 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 79%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 79%
Bill Delahunt 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
Norm Dicks 79%
Julian Dixon 79%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 79%
Bob Filner 79%
Sam Gejdenson 79%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 79%
Maurice Hinchey 79%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 79%
William Jefferson 79%
Paul Kanjorski 79%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 79%
Nicholas Lampson 79%
Tom Lantos 79%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 79%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 79%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 79%
Matthew Martinez 79%
Robert Matsui 79%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 79%
Michael McNulty 79%
Carrie Meek 79%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 79%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 79%
John Moakley 79%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 79%
Jim Oberstar 79%
Dave Obey 79%
John Olver 79%
Major Owens 79%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
Donald Payne 79%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 79%
Martin Olav Sabo 79%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 79%
Pete Stark 79%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 79%
Ed Towns 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 79%
Bruce Vento 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 79%
Mel Watt 79%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 79%
Robert Wexler 79%
Bob Wise, Jr. 79%
Lynn Woolsey 79%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 78%
Jerry Costello 77%
Dale Kildee 77%
John LaFalce 77%
Silvestre Reyes 77%
Ciro Rodriguez 77%
Kent Conrad 75%
Byron Dorgan 75%
Bob Kerrey 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
Thomas Allen 72%
Rod Blagojevich 72%
Robert Borski, Jr. 72%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 72%
Chet Edwards 72%
Lane Evans 72%
Barney Frank 72%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 72%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 72%
Patrick Kennedy 72%
Dennis Kucinich 72%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 72%
Frank Mascara 72%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 72%
Martin Meehan 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 72%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 72%
Steve Rothman 72%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 72%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 72%
Bart Stupak 72%
Albert Wynn 72%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
Harold Ford, Jr. 70%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
Max Baucus 69%
Jeff Bingaman 69%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 69%
Robert Byrd 68%
Eva Clayton 68%
Jonas Frost III 68%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 68%
Karen McCarthy 68%
Earl Pomeroy 68%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 68%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
Peter Deutsch 67%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
Robert Torricelli 67%
Ronald Klink 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
James Barcia 64%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 64%
Rick Boucher 64%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
Tony Hall 64%
Gerald Kleczka 64%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
John Spratt, Jr. 64%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
Karen Thurman 64%
Bob Weygand 64%
Rob Andrews 63%
Bob Etheridge 63%
Alan Mollohan 63%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 61%
Russ Feingold 61%
Daniel Graham 61%
Thomas Holden 61%
Ernest Hollings 61%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 61%
William Luther 61%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 61%
Jack Murtha 61%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 61%
Ted Strickland 61%
Calvin Dooley 60%
David Minge 60%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
Robert Clement 59%
James Davis 59%
Charles Robb 59%
Norman Sisisky 59%

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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