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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 42%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 37%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 26%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 24%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 76%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 4%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 60%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 62%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 41%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 22%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 77%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 4%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 30%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 26%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 30%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 32%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 76%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 24%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 74%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 21%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 65%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 52%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 61%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 63%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 12%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 4%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 9%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 39%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 32%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 9%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 89%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 76%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 15%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 22%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 14%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 53%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 27%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 82%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 74%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 23%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 72%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 18%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 39%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 81%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
Todd Akin 3%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Wayne Allard 9%
Thomas Allen 67%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 58%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 10%
Spencer Bachus 29%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 20%
Brian Baird 61%
J. Gresham Barrett 3%
John Barrow 48%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
Joe Barton 12%
Max Baucus 68%
Evan Bayh 47%

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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