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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 46%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 12%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 40%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 52%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 52%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 0%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 52%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 52%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 52%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 52%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 20%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 52%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Todd Young Republican 26%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 19%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 31%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 52%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 68%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 44%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 52%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 52%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 52%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 52%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 17%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 52%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 17%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 52%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 52%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 52%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 61%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 52%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 52%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 52%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 52%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 52%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 52%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 32%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 52%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 52%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 37%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 33%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 38%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 36%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 28%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 12%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 52%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 52%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 52%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 52%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 52%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 52%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 22%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 52%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 31%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 39%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 38%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 64%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 31%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 31%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 31%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 39%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 39%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 63%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 64%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 37%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 53%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 31%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 42%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 51%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 27%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 39%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 49%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 39%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 77%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 17%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 0%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 73%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 17%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 68%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 53%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 43%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 66%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 17%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 57%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 17%

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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