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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 75%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 65%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 65%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 16%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 18%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 16%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 25%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 34%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 21%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 41%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 34%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 35%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 29%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 23%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 31%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 35%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 18%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 31%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 37%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 0%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 31%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 37%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 29%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 25%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 43%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 26%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 35%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 35%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 38%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 25%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 25%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 23%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 25%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 39%

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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