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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35.3%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 35.8%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14.2%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 19%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26.8%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17.7%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 55%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 26.7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 27.5%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89.2%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75.3%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6.7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89.8%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.8%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 70.2%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 80.3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.5%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 77.7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92.7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 14.8%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 19.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 13.8%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 78.3%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 12.2%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90.8%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 84.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89.3%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 14.8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92.2%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20.2%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77.8%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 18.8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 69.5%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 60.2%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88.3%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6.7%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67.5%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 57.3%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 68%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80.8%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 73.2%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84.5%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60.2%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69.8%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 22.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 19.7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67.7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 8.3%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 20.3%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72.2%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 25.5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89.2%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 77.3%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 39.5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40.5%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 12.3%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16.5%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 12.5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 23.8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61.7%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 6.7%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 92.3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83.3%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 8.3%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 6.7%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 45.8%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 8%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 87.3%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 77.2%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.8%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85.2%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 70.7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 26%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 8.8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15.5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 33.2%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83.8%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 45.5%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 82.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 54.7%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89.3%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 16.8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82.5%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 23%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 72.3%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 47%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70.8%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 14.7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 19.7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34.7%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 23.5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 13.5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 30%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 53.2%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 15.5%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 15.8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 84.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88.3%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79.2%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.3%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80.2%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.2%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85.3%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79.2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77.5%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 68.8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 76.5%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82.8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 21.3%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 41.3%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 20.7%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 22.2%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67.8%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 36.7%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73.5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77.3%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64.3%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 9.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86.2%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93.2%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10.8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 51.8%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 57.3%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 16.2%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 21.2%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23.3%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 18.2%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79.7%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 61.7%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 95.5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 94.2%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 38.7%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 79.5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 7.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67.2%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 42%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90.7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 7.7%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 27.8%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 49.5%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 24.3%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 19.2%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13.5%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 78.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92.8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40.3%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44.5%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 14.7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88.7%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80.3%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42.3%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89.7%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79.8%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 20%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89.2%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 21.5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 58.7%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 82.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 27.8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 72.8%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 74.3%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88.7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89.7%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 92.3%

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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