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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 44%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 8%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 24%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 26%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 35%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 26%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 45%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 40%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 11%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 29%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 14%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 21%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 37%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 17%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 34%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 8%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 32%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 15%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 12%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 21%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 28%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 21%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 22%

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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