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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
Hansen Clarke 85%
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%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 85%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 85%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
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%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
John Olver 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 85%
Laura Richardson 85%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
Pete Stark 85%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
Mel Watt 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 85%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 81%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81%
Gary Ackerman 78%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78%
Maurice Hinchey 78%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 78%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 78%
Brad Miller 78%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 78%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 78%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 78%
Rob Andrews 77%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 77%
Betty Sutton 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 76%
Steve Rothman 76%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 76%
Ed Towns 76%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 75%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Barney Frank 74%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 74%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 73%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 73%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 72%
Norm Dicks 72%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
Howard Berman 70%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 70%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69%
Russ Carnahan 69%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 69%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 68%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 68%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 68%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 67%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 67%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 67%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 66%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 66%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 65%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 65%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 65%
Shelley Berkley 64%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 63%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 63%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 62%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 61%
Thomas Holden 61%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Mark Critz 60%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 60%
Ben Chandler III 59%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 59%
Kathy Hochul 59%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 59%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 59%
Jason Altmire 58%
Robert Dold 58%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 58%
Mike Ross 58%
Larry Kissell 57%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 57%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 57%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 56%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 56%
Tim Johnson 56%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 56%
Judy Biggert 55%
Steve LaTourette 55%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 55%
Heath Shuler 55%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 54%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 54%
Thaddeus McCotter 54%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 54%
David Rivera 54%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 53%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 53%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 52%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 52%

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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