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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Howard Berman 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 80%
Hansen Clarke 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%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 80%
Barney Frank 80%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 80%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 80%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 80%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
John Olver 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 80%
Donald Payne 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 80%
Pete Stark 80%
Betty Sutton 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 80%
Ed Towns 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
Mel Watt 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 80%
Lynn Woolsey 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 77%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
Laura Richardson 77%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 76%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
David Wu 75%
Gary Ackerman 73%
Rob Andrews 73%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 73%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 71%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 71%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 70%
Dale Kildee 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
Steve Rothman 70%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
Norm Dicks 68%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 68%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 68%
Brad Miller 68%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 66%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 66%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 66%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 66%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 66%
Maurice Hinchey 65%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
Russ Carnahan 64%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 64%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 64%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 63%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
Shelley Berkley 62%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 62%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
Leonard Boswell 61%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 61%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 61%
Silvestre Reyes 61%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
Ben Chandler III 59%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 59%
Larry Kissell 59%
Jason Altmire 58%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 58%
Jerry Costello 58%
Mark Critz 58%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 58%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
Thomas Holden 57%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 57%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 56%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 56%
Heath Shuler 56%
Judy Biggert 55%
Robert Dold 55%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 55%
Mike Ross 55%
Dan Boren 54%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 54%
Tim Johnson 54%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 54%
Steve LaTourette 54%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 53%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 53%

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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