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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 78%
Sandy Adams 9%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Jason Altmire 58%
Rob Andrews 77%
Steve Austria 32%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 18%
Spencer Bachus 34%
John Barrow 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
Charlie Bass 50%
Rick Berg 28%
Shelley Berkley 64%
Howard Berman 70%
Judy Biggert 55%
Brian Bilbray 33%
Tim Bishop 71%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 32%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Dan Boren 51%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Bruce Braley 72%
Paul Broun 42%
Ann Marie Buerkle 18%
Dan Burton 17%
Dave Camp 34%
John Campbell III 25%
Francisco Canseco 9%
Eric Cantor 17%
Russ Carnahan 69%
Ben Chandler III 59%
Hansen Clarke 85%
Howard Coble 28%
Chip Cravaack 48%
Mark Critz 60%
Geoff Davis 40%
Norm Dicks 72%
John Dingell 85%
David Dreier 43%
Jo Ann Emerson 49%
Barney Frank 74%
Elton Gallegly 17%
Jim Gerlach 53%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
Michael Grimm 53%
Ralph Hall 32%
Colleen Hanabusa 68%
Doc Hastings 36%
Nan Hayworth 51%
Wally Herger, Jr. 15%
Maurice Hinchey 78%
Thomas Holden 61%
Rush Holt, Jr. 73%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Tim Johnson 56%
Dale Kildee 75%
Jack Kingston 18%
Larry Kissell 57%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
Jeff Landry 0%
Tom Latham 30%
Steve LaTourette 55%
Jerry Lewis 44%
Dan Lungren 30%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 26%
Jim Matheson 57%
Carolyn McCarthy 65%
Thaddeus McCotter 54%
Mike McIntyre 57%
Buck McKeon 14%
Mike Michaud 62%
Gary Miller 14%
George Miller 81%
Brad Miller 78%
Jim Moran, Jr. 66%
Sue Myrick 0%
Alan Nunnelee 0%
John Olver 85%
Bill Owens 62%
Ed Pastor 78%
Tom Petri 46%
Todd Platts 51%
Ben Quayle 0%
Nick Rahall II 59%
Denny Rehberg 36%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Laura Richardson 85%
David Rivera 54%
Mike Rogers 9%
Mike Ross 58%
Steve Rothman 76%
Jon Runyan 53%
Bobby Schilling 41%
Jean Schmidt 48%
Allyson Schwartz 78%
Heath Shuler 55%
Steve Southerland 0%
Pete Stark 85%
Cliff Stearns 0%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 77%
Lee Terry 48%
John Tierney 85%
Ed Towns 76%
Bob Turner 21%
Joe Walsh 46%
Mel Watt 85%
Henry Waxman 85%
Allen West 21%
Frank Wolf 39%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
Bill Young 40%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 68%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 67%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 66%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 75%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 68%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 62%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 59%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 58%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 78%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 85%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 59%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 72%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 81%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 69%

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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