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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Liberal (Composite)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 18%
AR U.S. Senate Jr Tom Cotton Republican 29%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 40%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 35%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 66%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 24%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 86%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 70%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 35%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 90%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 12%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 3%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Duckworth Democratic 68%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Todd Young Republican 31%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 17%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 18%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 16%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 59%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 61%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 74%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 86%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 53%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 32%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 56%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 28%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 31%
ND U.S. Senate Jr Heidi Heitkamp Democratic 53%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 23%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 72%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 19%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 70%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 68%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 61%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 21%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 4%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 18%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 36%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 35%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 15%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 5%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 9%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 56%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 69%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 46%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 37%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 4%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 41%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 29%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 26%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 61%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 26%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 28%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 26%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 22%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 21 David Valadao Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 37%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 41 Mark Takano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 52 Scott Peters Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 38%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 22%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 39%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 76%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House 3 Ted Yoho Republican 21%
FL U.S. House 6 Ron DeSantis Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 28%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 35%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 43%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 45%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 46%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 63%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 84%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 32%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 19%
GA U.S. House 9 Doug Collins Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 68%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 20%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 73%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 64%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 17%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 32%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 39%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 2 Robin Kelly Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 59%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 32%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 10 Brad Schneider Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 68%
IL U.S. House 13 Rodney Davis Republican 45%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 26%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 47%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 39%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 59%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 74%
IN U.S. House 2 Jackie Walorski Republican 31%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 19%
IN U.S. House 5 Susan Brooks Republican 22%

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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