Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 30%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Donald Young R 31%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 31%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 16%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 27%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raul Grijalva D 93%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 4%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 41%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 50%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 95%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 76%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 88%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 98%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 60%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 86%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 26%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 73%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 81%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 85%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 97%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 23%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 91%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 13%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 89%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 26%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 26%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 77%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 91%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 88%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 79%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 71%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 81%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 81%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 25%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 36%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 66%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 59%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 95%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 60%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 13%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 6%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 4%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 31%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 25%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 46%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 87%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 63%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 89%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 86%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 98%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 36%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 87%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 73%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 72%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 32%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 20%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 18%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 15%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 85%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 95%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 88%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 72%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 96%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 65%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 71%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 81%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 77%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 86%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 53%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 42%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 80%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 91%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 86%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum D 94%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson D 53%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 84%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 80%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 79%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 27%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 16%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 74%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 17%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 12%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 11%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price R 16%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 9%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 68%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 49%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 82%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 9%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 11%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 27%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 23%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 39%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 47%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 45%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 82%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 78%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 36%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 30%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 80%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 36%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 81%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 89%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 94%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 88%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 78%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 95%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 75%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 84%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 81%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 66%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 78%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 10%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 75%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 34%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 30%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 68%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 84%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 45%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 19%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 16%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 17%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 28%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 88%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 72%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 81%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 78%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 5%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 71%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 32%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 35%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 69%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 95%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 8%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 72%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 36%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 29%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 43%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 60%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 8%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 27%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 20%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 20%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 6%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 17%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 14%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 15%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 10%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 81%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 13%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 26%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 26%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 14%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 80%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 10%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 10%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 11%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 56%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 64%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 84%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 7%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 4%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 82%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 19%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 17%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 15%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 90%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 19%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 85%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 90%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 71%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 21%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 45%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 72%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 81%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 77%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 81%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 38%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 66%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 89%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 38%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 93%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 41%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 21%
Neil Abercrombie 76%
Gary Ackerman 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Todd Akin 4%
Rodney Alexander 16%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 14%
Thomas Allen 85%
Rob Andrews 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69%
Spencer Bachus 19%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 32%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
J. Gresham Barrett 8%
John Barrow 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
Charlie Bass 46%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 71%
Melissa Bean 59%
Bob Beauprez 27%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 68%
Howard Berman 81%
Marion Berry 57%
Joe Biden, Jr. 80%
Judy Biggert 49%
Michael Bilirakis 17%
Jeff Bingaman 66%
Tim Bishop 75%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
John Boehner 16%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 14%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 64%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 24%
Barbara Boxer 94%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
Corrine Brown 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 33%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 27%
Dan Burton 8%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 66%
Dave Camp 26%
Chris Cannon 18%
Eric Cantor 12%
Lois Capps 87%
Dennis Cardoza 57%
Russ Carnahan 74%
Julia Carson 84%
Edward Case 59%
Mike Castle 53%
Lincoln Chafee 59%
Saxby Chambliss 13%
Ben Chandler III 58%
Chris Chocola 23%
Hillary Clinton 80%
Howard Coble 34%
Thomas Coburn 9%
Norm Coleman 34%
Kent Conrad 60%
Jerry Costello 62%
Larry Craig 34%
Robert Cramer 50%
Ander Crenshaw 19%
Barbara Cubin 32%
Artur Davis 61%
Geoff Davis 19%
James Davis 69%
Jo Ann Davis 27%
Lincoln Davis 53%
Thomas Davis III 44%
Bill Delahunt 89%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 22%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 41%
Norm Dicks 70%
John Dingell 76%
Chris Dodd 80%
Elizabeth Dole 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
John Doolittle 21%
Byron Dorgan 76%
Thelma Drake 7%
David Dreier 27%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 51%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 18%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 84%
Terry Everett 20%
Sam Farr 90%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 83%
Tom Feeney 24%
Russ Feingold 85%
Michael Ferguson 41%
Bob Filner 89%
Mike Fitzpatrick 46%
Mark Foley 37%
Randy Forbes 23%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Barney Frank 91%
William Frist 19%
Elton Gallegly 17%
Scott Garrett 24%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Jim Gibbons 26%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 36%
Phil Gingrey 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
Bart Gordon 57%
Mark Green 35%
Judd Gregg 42%
Gilbert Gutknecht 37%
Charles Hagel 31%
Ralph Hall 19%
Tom Harkin 89%
Jane Harman 68%
Katherine Harris 34%
Melissa Hart 17%
Doc Hastings 24%
Robert Hayes 18%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 9%
Joel Hefley 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 66%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Pete Hoekstra 21%
Thomas Holden 58%
Rush Holt, Jr. 91%
Mike Honda 96%
Darlene Hooley 69%
John Nathan Hostettler 36%
Kenny Hulshof 34%
Duncan Hunter 12%
Henry Hyde 30%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Steve Israel 67%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
William Jefferson 68%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
William Lewis Jenkins 22%
Bobby Jindal 15%
Nancy Johnson 52%
Tim Johnson 51%
Timothy Johnson 74%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
Richard Keller 16%
Sue Kelly 45%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 97%
Mark Kennedy 28%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
John Kerry 87%
Dale Kildee 72%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
Jack Kingston 18%
Mark Kirk 52%
John Kline 22%
Joseph Knollenberg 39%
Herb Kohl 79%
James Kolbe 44%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
John Kuhl, Jr. 36%
Jon Kyl 20%
Ray LaHood 46%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Tom Lantos 77%
Tom Latham 28%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
James Leach 62%
Carl Levin 86%
Jerry Lewis 33%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 66%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
John Linder 11%
Trent Lott, Sr. 12%
Dick Lugar 47%
Dan Lungren 16%
Connie Mack IV 33%
Don Manzullo 39%
Jim Marshall 51%
Melquiades Martinez 21%
Jim Matheson 54%
Carolyn McCarthy 68%
Thaddeus McCotter 39%
James McCrery III 23%
Jim McDermott 96%
John McHugh 39%
Mike McIntyre 52%
Buck McKeon 20%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 98%
Michael McNulty 77%
Martin Meehan 91%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 55%
John Mica 19%
Mike Michaud 76%
Barbara Mikulski 86%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 85%
Candice Miller 27%
Gary Miller 13%
George Miller 93%
Jeff Miller 17%
Brad Miller 78%
Alan Mollohan 62%
Dennis Moore 62%
Jim Moran, Jr. 74%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 9%
Sue Myrick 12%
Ben Nelson 50%
Randy Neugebauer 4%
Robert William Ney 42%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 9%
James Nussle 22%
Barack Obama II 83%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Dave Obey 82%
John Olver 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 59%
Thomas William Osborne 31%
Major Owens 94%
Michael Oxley 23%
Ed Pastor 86%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 97%
John Peterson 29%
Tom Petri 44%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 24%
Joe Pitts 25%
Todd Platts 39%
Richard Pombo 26%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
Jon Porter, Sr. 34%
Deborah Pryce 31%
Mark Pryor 60%
Adam Putnam 21%
George Radanovich 23%
Nick Rahall II 70%
James Ramstad 49%
Charlie Rangel 89%
Ralph Regula 35%
Denny Rehberg 25%
Harry Reid 78%
Richard Renzi 18%
Silvestre Reyes 62%
Thomas Reynolds 38%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Mike Rogers 14%
Mike Ross 59%
Steve Rothman 73%
Jim Ryun 10%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
John Salazar 60%
Ken Salazar 60%
Loretta Sanchez 74%
Rick Santorum 30%
Paul Sarbanes 91%
Jim Saxton 43%
Allyson Schwartz 73%
John Schwarz 47%
John Shadegg 18%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 30%
Christopher Shays 54%
Donald Sherwood 37%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 51%
Ike Skelton 54%
Gordon Smith 50%
Olympia Snowe 53%
Vic Snyder 66%
Mike Sodrel 12%
Mark Souder 18%
Arlen Specter 53%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
Pete Stark 98%
Cliff Stearns 20%
Ted Stevens 29%
Ted Strickland 72%
Bart Stupak 69%
John Sullivan 9%
John Sununu 47%
John Sweeney 44%
James Talent 34%
Tom Tancredo 36%
John Tanner 56%
Ellen Tauscher 74%
Charles Taylor 20%
Gene Taylor 46%
Lee Terry 28%
Craig Thomas 20%
William Thomas 38%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
John Tierney 94%
Ed Towns 75%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 83%
Mark Udall 69%
David Vitter 31%
George Voinovich 45%
James Walsh 38%
Zach Wamp 33%
John Warner 40%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 93%
Henry Waxman 89%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Weldon 20%
W. Curtis Weldon 43%
Gerald Weller 35%
Lynn Westmoreland 6%
Robert Wexler 88%
Ed Whitfield 27%
Heather Wilson 51%
Frank Wolf 41%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
David Wu 70%
Albert Wynn 68%
Bill Young 35%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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