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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 73%
Sandy Adams 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
Todd Akin 25%
Rodney Alexander 36%
Jason Altmire 56%
Rob Andrews 74%
Steve Austria 21%
Kelly Ayotte 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 23%
Spencer Bachus 39%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 25%
John Barrow 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
Charlie Bass 53%
Max Baucus 64%
Mark Begich 68%
Dan Benishek 24%
Rick Berg 32%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 85%
Judy Biggert 46%
Brian Bilbray 46%
Jeff Bingaman 74%
Tim Bishop 74%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 23%
Barbara Boxer 86%
Bruce Braley 81%
Paul Broun 38%
Corrine Brown 74%
Scott Brown 45%
Ann Marie Buerkle 9%
Dan Burton 13%
Dave Camp 31%
John Campbell III 47%
Francisco Canseco 17%
Eric Cantor 20%
Lois Capps 82%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 71%
John Carney, Jr. 65%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Hansen Clarke 93%
Dan Coats 23%
Howard Coble 35%
Thomas Coburn 4%
Kent Conrad 69%
Jerry Costello 60%
Chip Cravaack 36%
Ander Crenshaw 32%
Mark Critz 60%
Geoff Davis 36%
James DeMint 14%
Norm Dicks 71%
John Dingell 65%
Bob Dold 53%
David Dreier 37%
Donna Edwards 93%
Renee Ellmers 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
Sam Farr 84%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 80%
Bob Filner 93%
Stephen Fincher 6%
Mike Fitzpatrick 52%
John Fleming, Jr. 21%
Randy Forbes 25%
Barney Frank 91%
Elton Gallegly 26%
Scott Garrett 31%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Chris Gibson 51%
Phil Gingrey 6%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
Michael Grimm 50%
Frank Guinta 13%
Kay Hagan 71%
Ralph Hall 20%
Richard Hanna 53%
Tom Harkin 86%
Doc Hastings 22%
Nan Hayworth 47%
Joe Heck, Jr. 47%
Wally Herger, Jr. 14%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 71%
Thomas Holden 57%
Rush Holt, Jr. 89%
Mike Honda 93%
Tim Huelskamp 20%
Robert Hurt 14%
Daniel Inouye 74%
Steve Israel 69%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
Mike Johanns 36%
Timothy Johnson 73%
Tim Johnson 54%
Dale Kildee 76%
Jack Kingston 33%
Mark Kirk 40%
Larry Kissell 59%
John Kline 18%
Herb Kohl 70%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 61%
Tom Latham 34%
Steve LaTourette 55%
Frank Lautenberg 81%
Carl Levin 59%
Jerry Lewis 32%
Joe Lieberman 58%
Dick Lugar 33%
Cynthia Lummis 27%
Dan Lungren 27%
Connie Mack IV 38%
Don Manzullo 26%
Jim Matheson 55%
Carolyn McCarthy 67%
Thaddeus McCotter 32%
Jim McDermott 86%
Mike McIntyre 56%
Buck McKeon 30%
John Mica 18%
Mike Michaud 72%
Barbara Mikulski 86%
Candice Miller 33%
Gary Miller 13%
George Miller 91%
Jeff Miller 6%
Brad Miller 72%
Jim Moran, Jr. 76%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 49%
Randy Neugebauer 15%
Rich Nugent 24%
Alan Nunnelee 18%
John Olver 93%
Bill Owens 60%
Ed Pastor 78%
Ron Paul 54%
Donald Payne 93%
Tom Petri 45%
Joe Pitts 14%
Todd Platts 48%
Mark Pryor 51%
Ben Quayle 6%
Nick Rahall II 60%
Charlie Rangel 90%
Denny Rehberg 44%
Harry Reid 78%
Silvestre Reyes 64%
Reid Ribble 20%
Laura Richardson 77%
Scott Rigell 39%
David Rivera 31%
Jay Rockefeller IV 83%
Mike Rogers 20%
Mike Ross 54%
Steve Rothman 72%
Jon Runyan 38%
Loretta Sanchez 77%
Bobby Schilling 39%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Aaron Schock 38%
Allyson Schwartz 70%
Heath Shuler 59%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Steve Southerland 15%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Marlin Stutzman 11%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 80%
Lee Terry 23%
John Tierney 91%
Ed Towns 90%
Mark Udall 72%
David Vitter 11%
Joe Walsh 34%
Mel Watt 88%
Henry Waxman 90%
Jim Webb, Jr. 65%
Allen West 37%
Lynn Westmoreland 6%
Ed Whitfield 44%
Frank Wolf 47%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 74%
Bill Young 42%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%

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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