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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 40%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 9%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 48%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 82%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 59%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 82%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 55%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 41%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 42%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 21%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 75%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 82%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 30%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 31%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 75%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 29%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 72%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 66%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 74%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 19%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 75%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 82%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 54%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 59%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 15%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 71%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 38%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 9%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 59%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 91%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 46%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 43%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 62%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 82%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 27%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 30%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 59%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 62%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 54%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 59%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 62%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 31%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 72%
Gary Ackerman 59%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 31%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 59%
Jason Altmire 48%
Rob Andrews 82%
Michael Arcuri 54%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
Michele Bachmann 15%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 21%
Brian Baird 62%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 48%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
Joe Barton 9%

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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