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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Liberal on Foreign Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 8 Rick Nolan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
WI U.S. House 2 Mark Pocan Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 89%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 87%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 2 Robin Kelly Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 16 Beto O'Rourke Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 83%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 82%
Mel Watt 82%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 81%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 79%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 79%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 77%
NV U.S. House 4 Steven Horsford Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 75%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 41 Mark Takano Democratic 75%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 74%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 74%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 12 Bill Enyart Democratic 74%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 73%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 71%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 71%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 71%
Mo Cowan 71%
IL U.S. House 8 Tammy Duckworth Democratic 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 71%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 71%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 71%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 71%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 71%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 71%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 71%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 69%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 69%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 69%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 68%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 68%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 68%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 68%
Max Baucus 66%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 66%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 66%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 66%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 66%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 66%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 66%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 66%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 66%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 66%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 66%
Rob Andrews 65%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 65%
WA U.S. House 6 Derek Kilmer Democratic 65%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 65%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 65%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 52 Scott Peters Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 64%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 64%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 63%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 62%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson 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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