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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 73%
Sandy Adams 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 52%
Todd Akin 31%
Rodney Alexander 44%
Jason Altmire 58%
Rob Andrews 73%
Steve Austria 31%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 39%
John Barrow 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 39%
Charlie Bass 52%
Max Baucus 47%
Mark Begich 52%
Rick Berg 17%
Shelley Berkley 62%
Howard Berman 80%
Judy Biggert 55%
Brian Bilbray 49%
Jeff Bingaman 52%
Tim Bishop 73%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 39%
Mary Bono Mack 49%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Bruce Braley 80%
Paul Broun 35%
Scott Brown 44%
Ann Marie Buerkle 0%
Dan Burton 29%
Dave Camp 27%
John Campbell III 42%
Francisco Canseco 0%
Eric Cantor 27%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 64%
Saxby Chambliss 20%
Ben Chandler III 59%
Hansen Clarke 80%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Kent Conrad 52%
Jerry Costello 58%
Chip Cravaack 39%
Mark Critz 58%
Geoff Davis 37%
James DeMint 0%
Norm Dicks 68%
John Dingell 66%
David Dreier 35%
Jo Ann Emerson 51%
Bob Filner 80%
Barney Frank 80%
Elton Gallegly 17%
Jim Gerlach 46%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Michael Grimm 54%
Kay Hagan 52%
Ralph Hall 17%
Colleen Hanabusa 80%
Tom Harkin 52%
Doc Hastings 27%
Nan Hayworth 48%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Maurice Hinchey 65%
Thomas Holden 57%
Rush Holt, Jr. 80%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Daniel Inouye 52%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
Mike Johanns 33%
Timothy Johnson 52%
Tim Johnson 54%
Dale Kildee 70%
Jack Kingston 39%
Larry Kissell 59%
Herb Kohl 52%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Jon Kyl 38%
Mary Landrieu 52%
Jeff Landry 31%
Tom Latham 35%
Steve LaTourette 54%
Frank Lautenberg 52%
Carl Levin 50%
Jerry Lewis 17%
Joe Lieberman 52%
Dick Lugar 41%
Dan Lungren 37%
Connie Mack IV 42%
Don Manzullo 30%
Jim Matheson 57%
Carolyn McCarthy 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 37%
Mike McIntyre 56%
Buck McKeon 31%
Mike Michaud 63%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 80%
Brad Miller 68%
Jim Moran, Jr. 77%
Sue Myrick 29%
Ben Nelson 49%
Alan Nunnelee 17%
John Olver 80%
Bill Owens 61%
Ed Pastor 71%
Ron Paul 48%
Donald Payne 80%
Tom Petri 44%
Todd Platts 47%
Mark Pryor 47%
Ben Quayle 0%
Nick Rahall II 58%
Denny Rehberg 48%
Silvestre Reyes 61%
Laura Richardson 77%
David Rivera 47%
Jay Rockefeller IV 52%
Mike Rogers 0%
Mike Ross 55%
Steve Rothman 70%
Jon Runyan 48%
Bobby Schilling 46%
Jean Schmidt 29%
Aaron Schock 43%
Allyson Schwartz 71%
Heath Shuler 56%
Olympia Snowe 42%
Steve Southerland 0%
Pete Stark 80%
Cliff Stearns 0%
John Sullivan 29%
Betty Sutton 80%
Lee Terry 44%
John Tierney 80%
Ed Towns 80%
Mark Udall 52%
Joe Walsh 17%
Mel Watt 80%
Henry Waxman 80%
Jim Webb, Jr. 52%
Allen West 31%
Frank Wolf 31%
Lynn Woolsey 80%
David Wu 75%
Bill Young 37%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 52%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 52%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 52%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 70%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 52%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 52%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 52%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 77%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 52%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 52%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 61%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 52%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%

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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