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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Foreign)

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 92%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 88%
Ed Towns 88%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 84%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 83%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 81%
Hansen Clarke 81%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 81%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 81%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 81%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 81%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 79%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 79%
Steve Rothman 79%
Leonard Boswell 78%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 78%
Russ Carnahan 76%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 76%
Barney Frank 76%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 76%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 76%
Brad Miller 76%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
Mel Watt 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 73%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 73%
Dale Kildee 73%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 73%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 73%
Gary Ackerman 71%
Rob Andrews 71%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 71%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 71%
Howard Berman 70%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 70%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 70%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 69%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 69%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68%
Betty Sutton 68%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 67%
Thomas Holden 67%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 67%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 67%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 65%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 65%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 65%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 65%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 64%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 63%
Norm Dicks 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 63%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 62%
Kathy Hochul 62%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 62%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 61%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 61%
Mark Critz 61%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 61%
Laura Richardson 61%
Shelley Berkley 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
Jason Altmire 59%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 59%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 59%
Ben Chandler III 58%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 58%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 58%
Dan Boren 57%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 57%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
Tim Johnson 57%
Larry Kissell 57%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 56%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 56%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 56%
Heath Shuler 56%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 55%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
Mike Ross 55%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 54%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 54%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 54%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 53%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 53%
Robert Dold 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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