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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Liberal (Composite)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 96%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 2 Mark Pocan Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 90%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
Mel Watt 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 41 Mark Takano Democratic 89%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 86%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 16 Beto O'Rourke Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 84%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 84%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 84%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 82%
Rob Andrews 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
NV U.S. House 4 Steven Horsford Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 79%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 79%
Mo Cowan 79%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 77%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 77%
MN U.S. House 8 Rick Nolan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 76%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 76%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 76%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 2 Robin Kelly Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 75%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 74%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 74%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 74%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 74%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 74%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 74%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 73%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 73%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 73%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 72%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 72%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 72%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 70%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 70%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cardenas Democratic 69%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster Democratic 69%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 69%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 69%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 69%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 69%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 69%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
IL U.S. House 8 Tammy Duckworth Democratic 68%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 68%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 68%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 68%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 68%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 67%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 66%

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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