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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%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
Charlie Bass 53%
Max Baucus 64%
Rick Berg 32%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 85%
Judy Biggert 46%
Brian Bilbray 46%
Jeff Bingaman 74%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Scott Brown 45%
Ann Marie Buerkle 9%
Dan Burton 13%
Francisco Canseco 17%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 71%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Hansen Clarke 93%
Kent Conrad 69%
Jerry Costello 60%
Chip Cravaack 36%
Mark Critz 60%
Geoff Davis 36%
James DeMint 14%
Norm Dicks 71%
Robert Dold 53%
David Dreier 37%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 91%
Elton Gallegly 26%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
Frank Guinta 13%
Nan Hayworth 47%
Wally Herger, Jr. 14%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
Thomas Holden 57%
Kay Hutchison 25%
Daniel Inouye 74%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
Tim Johnson 54%
Dale Kildee 76%
Larry Kissell 59%
Herb Kohl 70%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
Jon Kyl 20%
Jeff Landry 14%
Steve LaTourette 55%
Frank Lautenberg 81%
Jerry Lewis 32%
Joe Lieberman 58%
Dick Lugar 33%
Dan Lungren 27%
Connie Mack IV 38%
Don Manzullo 26%
Thaddeus McCotter 32%
Brad Miller 72%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 49%
John Olver 93%
Ron Paul 54%
Donald Payne 93%
Todd Platts 48%
Ben Quayle 6%
Denny Rehberg 44%
Silvestre Reyes 64%
Laura Richardson 77%
David Rivera 31%
Mike Ross 54%
Steve Rothman 72%
Bobby Schilling 39%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Heath Shuler 59%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 33%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 80%
Ed Towns 90%
Joe Walsh 34%
Mel Watt 88%
Jim Webb, Jr. 65%
Allen West 37%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 74%
Bill Young 42%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 68%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 74%
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%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 81%
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%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 65%
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, Jr. 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%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 84%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 71%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 61%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 59%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 60%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 73%

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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