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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 38.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 26.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 35.7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 9.5%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 29.2%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23.3%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 14%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 59.5%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 43.3%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 48.8%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 96.2%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 81.8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 13.7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76.5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.7%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85.3%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96.5%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92.3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.2%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94.7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89.8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86.7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16.5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87.7%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 16.3%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81.2%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 10.7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 87.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91.3%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 26.8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80.3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91.2%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 19.5%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74.3%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78.2%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 74%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87.8%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 59%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88.3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67.2%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 60.3%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 6.8%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 16%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 74.7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78.7%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78.5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 34.7%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 11.8%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 10.5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 10.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54.8%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 7.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91.3%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 18.2%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 17.2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51.8%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63.2%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 12.7%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.7%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 19.8%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 22.3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16.3%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 27.2%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95.2%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48.7%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78.2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92.3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14.8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73.3%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75.3%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 18.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21.8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 45.7%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29.7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15.7%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 19.8%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20.8%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57.5%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 15.7%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 26.3%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 27%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93.2%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88.2%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85.5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.2%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 88.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85.7%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78.5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82.7%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 69.7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85.3%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24.5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 46.7%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80.8%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 23.3%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 72.8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93.2%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 19.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87.7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 76.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75.2%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 15.7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 35.7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 11.5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66.7%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 86%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77.5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85.7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69.2%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 53.5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75.8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 14.8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 21%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 57.2%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 26.5%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 17.3%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82.7%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 47.3%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50.8%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 42.8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81.2%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38.5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85.7%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 16%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 78.2%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74.5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 83.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33.8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 73.8%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90.5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94.2%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76.3%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92.7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 74.3%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89.2%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86.5%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91.3%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69.2%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71.5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33.5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68.5%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 31.7%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 72.8%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10.7%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21.2%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 14.7%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21.3%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76.2%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 73.2%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86.7%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 48.8%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 13.2%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 74.8%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46.7%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 22.7%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 28%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91.3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70.3%

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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