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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. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 6%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
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 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
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 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 24%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
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%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 75%
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 17 Tom Rooney Republican 29%
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%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 43%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 69%
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%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 16%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 70%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 57%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 35%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 24%
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%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 42%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 24%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
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%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 18%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 38%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
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%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 75%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 54%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 33%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 43%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 53%
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%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 56%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 19%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 51%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 27%
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%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 33%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 7%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 64%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 39%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 59%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 59%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 24%
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 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
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 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
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 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 32%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 63%
OH State House 59 John Boccieri Democratic 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20%
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%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 74%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 5 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 23%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 42%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 64%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 85%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17%

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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