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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 32%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 16%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 45%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
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 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 81%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 68%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 76%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 69%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 16%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 66%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 78%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 34%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 24%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 11%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 74%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 32%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 57%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 55%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 45%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 16%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 62%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 9%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 34%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 9%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 65%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 81%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 59%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 84%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 35%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 72%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 62%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 34%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 92%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 4%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 81%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 36%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 64%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 15 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 21%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 88%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 74%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 24%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 16%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 7%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 58%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 64%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 23%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 72%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 74%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 63%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 76%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 79%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 61%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 58%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 66%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 34%

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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