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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Social Policy

Issues: Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 46%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 52%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 12%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 47%
AR U.S. Senate Jr 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 52%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 52%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 52%
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 Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 20%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 52%
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%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 42%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 12%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
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 Mary Landrieu Democratic 52%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 52%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 52%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 44%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 52%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 52%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 17%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 33%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 52%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 25%
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 Harry Reid Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Jr 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 Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
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 Timothy Johnson Democratic 52%
SD U.S. Senate Jr 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 Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 52%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 52%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 22%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don 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 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 39%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 64%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 31%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 31%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl 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 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
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 11 George Miller Democratic 80%
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 17 Mike Honda Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 31%
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 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra 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 45 John Campbell III Republican 42%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez 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 4 Cory Gardner 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%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 0%
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 21 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 1 Jack Kingston Republican 39%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 35%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 58%
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 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 35%
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 Gutierrez Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 27%

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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