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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Liberal (Composite)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Rodney Alexander 40%
Rob Andrews 81%
Max Baucus 58%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 29%
Mo Cowan 79%
Trey Radel 31%
Mel Watt 90%
Bill Young 37%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ron Barber Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 55%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 74%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 59%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cardenas Democratic 69%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 61%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 96%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 79%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 69%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 70%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 57%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 72%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 8 Tammy Duckworth Democratic 68%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 12 Bill Enyart Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 68%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 72%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 23 Pete Gallego Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 68%
FL U.S. House 26 Joe Garcia Democratic 58%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 61%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 49%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 84%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 73%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 70%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 91%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
NV U.S. House 4 Steven Horsford Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 74%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 2 Robin Kelly Democratic 76%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 6 Derek Kilmer Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 68%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 58%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster Democratic 69%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 58%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 74%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 59%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 84%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 46%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 53%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 68%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 83%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 18 Patrick Murphy Democratic 57%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 84%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 16 Beto O'Rourke Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 52 Scott Peters Democratic 60%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 2 Mark Pocan Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 69%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 46%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 76%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 81%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 62%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 57%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 10 Brad Schneider Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 64%

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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