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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%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 23%
Spencer Bachus 39%
John Barrow 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
Charlie Bass 53%
Max Baucus 64%
Mark Begich 68%
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%
Bruce Braley 81%
Paul Broun 38%
Scott Brown 45%
Ann Marie Buerkle 9%
Dan Burton 13%
Dave Camp 31%
John Campbell III 47%
Francisco Canseco 17%
Eric Cantor 20%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 71%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Hansen Clarke 93%
Howard Coble 35%
Thomas Coburn 4%
Kent Conrad 69%
Jerry Costello 60%
Chip Cravaack 36%
Mark Critz 60%
Geoff Davis 36%
James DeMint 14%
Norm Dicks 71%
John Dingell 65%
David Dreier 37%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 91%
Elton Gallegly 26%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Phil Gingrey 6%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
Michael Grimm 50%
Kay Hagan 71%
Ralph Hall 20%
Colleen Hanabusa 83%
Tom Harkin 86%
Doc Hastings 22%
Nan Hayworth 47%
Wally Herger, Jr. 14%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
Thomas Holden 57%
Rush Holt, Jr. 89%
Kay Hutchison 25%
Daniel Inouye 74%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
Mike Johanns 36%
Timothy Johnson 73%
Tim Johnson 54%
Dale Kildee 76%
Jack Kingston 33%
Larry Kissell 59%
Herb Kohl 70%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 61%
Jeff Landry 14%
Tom Latham 34%
Steve LaTourette 55%
Frank Lautenberg 81%
Carl Levin 59%
Jerry Lewis 32%
Joe Lieberman 58%
Dick Lugar 33%
Dan Lungren 27%
Connie Mack IV 38%
Don Manzullo 26%
Jim Matheson 55%
Carolyn McCarthy 67%
Thaddeus McCotter 32%
Mike McIntyre 56%
Buck McKeon 30%
Mike Michaud 72%
Gary Miller 13%
George Miller 91%
Brad Miller 72%
Jim Moran, Jr. 76%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 49%
Alan Nunnelee 18%
John Olver 93%
Bill Owens 60%
Ed Pastor 78%
Ron Paul 54%
Donald Payne 93%
Tom Petri 45%
Todd Platts 48%
Mark Pryor 51%
Ben Quayle 6%
Nick Rahall II 60%
Denny Rehberg 44%
Silvestre Reyes 64%
Laura Richardson 77%
David Rivera 31%
Jay Rockefeller IV 83%
Mike Rogers 20%
Mike Ross 54%
Steve Rothman 72%
Jon Runyan 38%
Bobby Schilling 39%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Allyson Schwartz 70%
Heath Shuler 59%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Steve Southerland 15%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 33%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 80%
Lee Terry 23%
John Tierney 91%
Ed Towns 90%
Mark Udall 72%
Joe Walsh 34%
Mel Watt 88%
Henry Waxman 90%
Jim Webb, Jr. 65%
Allen West 37%
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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 58%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 85%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%

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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