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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%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 17%
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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
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 Mark Kirk Republican 34%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 21%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
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 David Vitter Republican 14%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 16%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
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/Farmer/Labor 74%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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-NPL 53%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 23%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 33%
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 Harry Reid Democratic 81%
NV U.S. Senate Jr 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 Rafael 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 Don 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 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 58%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 26%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 23%
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 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
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 24 Lois Capps Democratic 77%
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 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
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 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
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%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 3 Ted Yoho Republican 21%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 6 Ron DeSantis Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 31%
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 18 Patrick Murphy Democratic 57%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 80%
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 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 84%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 13%
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 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 64%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67%

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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