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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 37%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 52%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 89%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 64%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 57%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 35%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 51%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 32%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 6%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 72%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 29%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 38%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 18%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 53%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 43%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 24%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 51%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 84%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 33%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 7%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 59%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 80%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 59%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 74%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 59%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 66%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
PA U.S. House 15 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 63%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 85%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 64%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 29%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 75%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 24%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 66%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 68%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 66%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 84%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 59%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 64%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 7%

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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