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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Liberal (Composite)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 4%
TX U.S. House 25 Roger Williams Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 26%
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 34 Filemon Vela, Jr. Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 9%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 14%
UT U.S. House 2 Chris Stewart Republican 22%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 24%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 56%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 16%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 45%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 69%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 69%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 44%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 30%
WA U.S. House 6 Derek Kilmer Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 45%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 78%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 70%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 19%
WI U.S. House 2 Mark Pocan Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 68%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 28%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 30%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 27%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 46%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 37%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 38%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 4%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 32%
Rodney Alexander 40%
Rob Andrews 81%
Michele Bachmann 17%
Spencer Bachus 41%
Ron Barber 56%
John Barrow 52%
Max Baucus 58%
Mark Begich 55%
Kerry Bentivolio 29%
Tim Bishop 74%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 29%
Bruce Braley 76%
Paul Broun 41%
Dave Camp 27%
Eric Cantor 20%
Saxby Chambliss 32%
Howard Coble 27%
Thomas Coburn 15%
Mo Cowan 79%
John Dingell 70%
Bill Enyart 64%
Pete Gallego 56%
Joe Garcia 58%
Jim Gerlach 39%
Phil Gingrey 11%
Michael Grimm 53%
Kay Hagan 49%
Ralph Hall 16%
Colleen Hanabusa 73%
Tom Harkin 78%
Doc Hastings 37%
Rush Holt, Jr. 90%
Steven Horsford 81%
Mike Johanns 32%
Timothy Johnson 74%
Jack Kingston 10%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Tom Latham 42%
Carl Levin 75%
Dan Maffei 57%
Jim Matheson 53%
Mike McIntyre 54%
Buck McKeon 41%
Mike Michaud 69%
Gary Miller 35%
George Miller 84%
Jim Moran, Jr. 83%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 84%
Alan Nunnelee 21%
Bill Owens 55%
Ed Pastor 82%
Tom Petri 43%
Mark Pryor 46%
Trey Radel 31%
Nick Rahall II 56%
Jay Rockefeller IV 82%
Mike Rogers 24%
Jon Runyan 48%
Brad Schneider 62%
Aaron Schock 39%
Allyson Schwartz 69%
Carol Shea-Porter 69%
Steve Southerland 15%
Steve Stockman 29%
Lee Terry 42%
John Tierney 85%
Mark Udall 70%
Mel Watt 90%
Henry Waxman 83%
Frank Wolf 40%
Bill Young 37%

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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