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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Howard Berman 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 92%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 92%
Hansen Clarke 92%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
Bob Filner 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
Donald Payne 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
Pete Stark 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 92%
Ed Towns 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 92%
Lynn Woolsey 92%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
Mel Watt 90%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
Barney Frank 88%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
Daniel Inouye 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 87%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
Dale Kildee 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 83%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 81%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 81%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 81%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 81%
Rob Andrews 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 79%
Norm Dicks 79%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 79%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 79%
Steve Rothman 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 78%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 78%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 78%
Gary Ackerman 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 76%
Russ Carnahan 76%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 76%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 75%
Frank Lautenberg 75%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 74%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 74%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 74%
Brad Miller 74%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 73%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
David Wu 73%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 72%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 72%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 72%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
Betty Sutton 71%
Shelley Berkley 70%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 70%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 69%
Kent Conrad 69%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 69%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 69%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 69%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 69%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 69%
Max Baucus 68%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 68%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 67%
Laura Richardson 67%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 67%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 66%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 66%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 66%
Charlie Gonzalez 65%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 65%
Herb Kohl 65%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 65%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 65%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 64%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 64%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 64%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 64%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 63%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 63%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Joe Baca, Sr. 62%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 62%

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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