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James 'Jim' P. McGovern

James 'Jim' P. McGovern's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Social

Full Name: James 'Jim' P. McGovern
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Sept. 9, 2014

Social

2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 12%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 42%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 42%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 24%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 24%
2013-2014 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score (Jan. 13, 2014) 94%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes Lifetime Score 96%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes 99%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Overall Positions 99%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Lifetime Score 97%
2013 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 0%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 71%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 0%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 93%
2013 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 90%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 22%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 22%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 93%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 80%
2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 0%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
2012 Open Doors USA - Positions 75%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 84%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 89%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 6%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2011 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 23%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 10%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 10%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 5%
2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 20%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 80%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 57%
2011 The Children's Health Fund - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 25%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 25%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Liberty Central - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 93%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 10%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 10%
2010 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 40%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 7
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 15%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 15%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 76%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 18%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 80%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 0%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 15%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 66%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 90
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 82%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 0%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 0
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 15%
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 15%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 5%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 5%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 90%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 100%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Progressive Democrats of America - Positions 55%
2007-2008 Secular Coalition for America - Positions on Secular Issues A-
2007-2008 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2007 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 100
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 5%
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 0
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 0
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0%
2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2007 National Employment Lawyers Association - Positions 66%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 92%
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 73
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 73
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 12%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 38%
2007 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 100%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 30%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 30%
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0
2006 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 100%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2006 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 83%
2006 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2006 Church World Service - Positions 66
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 14%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 93%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 6%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2006 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 80%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 14%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 14%
2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 6%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 4%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 23%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 23%
2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Social Issues 80%
2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Social Issues 80%
2005-2006 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Conservative Action Score 0%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 0%
2005-2006 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 83%
2005 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 100%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2005 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2005 Church World Service - Positions 100
2005 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Positions 100%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2005 Family Research Council - Positions 8%
2005 Family Research Council - Positions 8%
2005 Hope for Peace and Justice - Positions 100
2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2005 National Association of Social Workers - Positions on Professional Advocacy 75
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100%
2005 National Criminal Justice Association - Positions 55%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 9%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 90%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 20%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 36%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 53%
2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13%
2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13%
2004 American Humane Association - Positions 89%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2004 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 67%
2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 6%
2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 3%
2004 Family Research Council - Positions 8%
2004 Family Research Council - Positions 8%
2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 88%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 23%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 38%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 38%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10%
2003-2004 ACT! for America - Positions 12.5%
2003-2004 American Muslims for Jerusalem - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy -3
2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 3%
2003-2004 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 5%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 5%
2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2003 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2003 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2003 American Humane Association - Positions 89%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2003 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2003 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 5%
2003 Center for Reclaiming America - Positions 50%
2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2003 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2003 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 13%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 84%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 45
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 45
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 45
2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 25%
2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 25%
2002 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 50%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2002 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2002 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 84%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 8%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 29
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 29
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 29
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2002 Vote Hemp - Positions on Industrial Hemp Policy Pro Hemp
2001-2002 American Bar Association - Positions 100%
2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 89%
2001-2002 American Muslims for Jerusalem - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy +2
2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 5%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14%
2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 10%
2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 10%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 94%
2001 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 50%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2001 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 75%
2001 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 82%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 0%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 0%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 99%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 83%
2001 National Youth Advocacy Coalition - Positions 66%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 15%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 5%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 5%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2000 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2000 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 90%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 17%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 17%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 66%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 66%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 91%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 6%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 29%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 19%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 19%
1999-2000 American Bar Association - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1999-2000 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 20%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
1999 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1999 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 13%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 83%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
1998 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1998 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 90%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 87%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 87%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 5%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
1997 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1997 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 89%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 8%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
1995-2004 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 92%

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