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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 41%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 68%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 23%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 16%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 51%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 21%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 19%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 72%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 76%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 64%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 23%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 26%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 40%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 23%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 26%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 11%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 59%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 76%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 58%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 37%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 28%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 69%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 71%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 32%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 36%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 19%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 69%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 24%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 12%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 4%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 89%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 20%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 78%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 78%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 39%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 22%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 21%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 21%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 73%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 76%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 6%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 59%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 11%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 44%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 19%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 37%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 39%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 64%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 25%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 22%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 21%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 19%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 41%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 47%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 77%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 16%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 15%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 75%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 32%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 34%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 47%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 46%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 23%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 38%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 33%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 81%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 34%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 20%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 37%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 21%

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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