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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 Donald Young Republican 35.8%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 19%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26.8%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 26.7%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89.2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
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 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84.3%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 77.7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 14.8%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 19.2%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 78.3%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90.8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
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 53 Susan Davis Democratic 69.5%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 89.3%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 91.7%
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%
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. 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%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 12.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61.7%
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 13 David Scott Democratic 70.5%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 87.3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.8%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
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. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 82.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 54.7%
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. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70.8%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 19.7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 34.7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 13.5%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 69.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
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 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.3%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 80.2%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
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%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82.8%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 41.3%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 20.7%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 77.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 86.2%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 51.8%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64.3%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93.2%
MO U.S. Senate Sr 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 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 Vice President Mike Pence Republican 14.7%
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 4 David Price Democratic 90.7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 7.7%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 24.3%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92.8%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44.5%
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%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79.8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 58.7%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 27.8%
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 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 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76.3%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17.5%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 11.7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70.2%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 31.8%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70.3%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 13.3%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 19%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14.8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 76.8%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 36.5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83.7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67.5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71.2%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.2%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 94.3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81.2%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 22.7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 9.3%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17.3%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 8%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54.7%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 76%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8.8%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11.2%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22.3%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 87.2%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 17.8%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 7.2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 28.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 8.3%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 81.8%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 16.5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50.5%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10.5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74.5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 19%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85.8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90.2%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93.7%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 81%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 84.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80.5%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 26.8%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80.7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63.5%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 21.2%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 38.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9.2%
Neil Abercrombie 77.2%
Gary Ackerman 79.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 73.3%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 22.3%
Wayne Allard 7.5%
Thomas Allen 76.8%
Jason Altmire 51.3%
Rob Andrews 76.2%
Michael Arcuri 69.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 76.7%
Michele Bachmann 10.8%
Spencer Bachus 17.7%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 24.8%
Brian Baird 63.8%
J. Gresham Barrett 7.7%
John Barrow 45.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 35.3%
Joe Barton 14.5%
Max Baucus 57.3%
Evan Bayh 62.2%
Melissa Bean 51.5%
Bob Bennett 26%
Shelley Berkley 61.8%
Howard Berman 86.3%

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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