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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
Hansen Clarke 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Bob Filner 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
Donald Payne 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
Barney Frank 91%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 91%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
Mel Watt 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
Howard Berman 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 82%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 81%
Frank Lautenberg 81%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
Betty Sutton 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 79%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 78%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 78%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 77%
Laura Richardson 77%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 76%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 76%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 76%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 76%
Dale Kildee 76%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 76%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 75%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
Jeff Bingaman 74%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
David Wu 74%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
Daniel Inouye 74%
Rob Andrews 74%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
Gary Ackerman 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 73%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 73%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 72%
Steve Rothman 72%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 72%
Brad Miller 72%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72%
Norm Dicks 71%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
Russ Carnahan 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 69%
Kent Conrad 69%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 69%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 69%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%

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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