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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Liberal on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Steve Rothman 70%
Jim Ryun 19%
Martin Olav Sabo 74%
Loretta Sanchez 69%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 56%
Rick Santorum 6%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
Jim Saxton 42%
Edward Schrock 16%
John Shadegg 16%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 40%
Christopher Shays 45%
Donald Sherwood 21%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 48%
Ike Skelton 59%
Gordon Smith 43%
Nick Smith 42%
Olympia Snowe 46%
Vic Snyder 59%
Mark Souder 21%
Arlen Specter 49%
John Spratt, Jr. 77%
Pete Stark 95%
Cliff Stearns 27%
Charles Stenholm 53%
Ted Stevens 17%
Ted Strickland 70%
Bart Stupak 77%
John Sullivan 32%
John Sweeney 36%
Tom Tancredo 13%
John Tanner 57%
Ellen Tauscher 68%
William Tauzin II 0%
Charles Taylor 28%
Gene Taylor 53%
Lee Terry 40%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 36%
Todd Tiahrt 9%
John Tierney 93%
Ed Towns 68%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 83%
James Turner 58%
Mark Udall 66%
David Vitter 0%
George Voinovich 38%
James Walsh 48%
Zach Wamp 40%
John Warner 40%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 76%
Henry Waxman 84%
Anthony Weiner 85%
David Weldon 28%
W. Curtis Weldon 49%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 86%
Ed Whitfield 21%
Heather Wilson 21%
Frank Wolf 36%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
David Wu 64%
Albert Wynn 69%
Bill Young 36%

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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