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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
John McHugh 34.2%
Mike McIntyre 49.5%
Buck McKeon 13.8%
Michael McNulty 72%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 76.5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 47.8%
John Mica 8.3%
Mike Michaud 68.8%
Barbara Mikulski 77%
Candice Miller 36.7%
Gary Miller 12.2%
George Miller 80.3%
Jeff Miller 22.5%
Brad Miller 78.3%
Harry Mitchell 54%
Alan Mollohan 56.7%
Dennis Moore 66.5%
Jim Moran, Jr. 76.8%
Patrick Murphy 56.5%
Tim Murphy 37.3%
Jack Murtha 61.2%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
Sue Myrick 14.3%
Ben Nelson 46.7%
Randy Neugebauer 6.7%
Barack Obama II 95.5%
Jim Oberstar 67.7%
Dave Obey 80.3%
John Olver 90.7%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 58.5%
Ed Pastor 75.3%
Ron Paul 39.8%
Donald Payne 88.7%
John Peterson 21.2%
Tom Petri 36.3%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 26%
Joe Pitts 11.8%
Todd Platts 38.5%
Earl Pomeroy 61.3%
Jon Porter, Sr. 31.5%
Tom Price 8.3%
Deborah Pryce 40.3%
Mark Pryor 55%
Adam Putnam 12.3%
George Radanovich 14.8%
Nick Rahall II 61.2%
James Ramstad 42.2%
Charlie Rangel 80.3%
Ralph Regula 35.8%
Denny Rehberg 23.5%
Harry Reid 89.2%
Richard Renzi 37.3%
Silvestre Reyes 61.8%
Thomas Reynolds 27.3%
Jay Rockefeller IV 68.7%
Ciro Rodriguez 59%
Mike Rogers 22.2%
Mike Ross 53.7%
Steve Rothman 79.5%
John Salazar 57.3%
Ken Salazar 59.2%
William Sali 18.7%
Loretta Sanchez 77.8%
Jim Saxton 32.7%
Jean Schmidt 18.3%
Allyson Schwartz 65.2%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 62.7%
John Shadegg 6.7%
Christopher Shays 47.7%
Heath Shuler 49.7%
Ike Skelton 54.3%
Louise Slaughter 92.3%
Gordon Smith 47.2%
Olympia Snowe 47.8%
Vic Snyder 61.5%
Mark Souder 18.3%
Zack Space 51.2%
Arlen Specter 45.5%
John Spratt, Jr. 63.7%
Pete Stark 75.2%
Cliff Stearns 22.8%
Ted Stevens 36%
Bart Stupak 58.3%
John Sullivan 16.3%
John Sununu 34%
Betty Sutton 78.5%
Tom Tancredo 15.5%
John Tanner 49.8%
Ellen Tauscher 75.3%
Gene Taylor 46.3%
Lee Terry 19.2%
Todd Tiahrt 19.7%
Pat Tiberi 25.3%
John Tierney 88.3%
Ed Towns 84.2%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 79%
Mark Udall 60.2%
David Vitter 15.5%
George Voinovich 41.8%
James Walsh 41%
Zach Wamp 20.5%
John Warner 38.8%
Diane Watson 87.7%
Mel Watt 93.3%
Henry Waxman 84.5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 60.2%
Anthony Weiner 80.7%
David Weldon 15.2%
Gerald Weller 27.7%
Lynn Westmoreland 6.7%
Robert Wexler 87.3%
Ed Whitfield 30%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 55.2%
Heather Wilson 31.7%
Frank Wolf 30.5%
Lynn Woolsey 86.2%
David Wu 77.3%
Albert Wynn 95%
Bill Young 31%

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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