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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 97%
John Olver 97%
Loretta Sanchez 97%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 97%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
George Miller 95%
Niki Tsongas 94%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Rush Holt, Jr. 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
Joe Crowley 93%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
John Tierney 92%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
Charlie Rangel 91%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
Mike Honda 91%
Louise Slaughter 91%
Ed Towns 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Sam Farr 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Jim Oberstar 89%
Lois Capps 88%
Dave Obey 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
Henry Waxman 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Diane Watson 87%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 86%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 86%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
Donna Edwards 85%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 85%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 84%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
Carl Levin 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 83%
Barbara Mikulski 83%
Harry Reid 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 83%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 83%
Jim McDermott 83%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 83%
Jane Harman 82%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 82%
Mike Capuano 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
Howard Berman 81%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 81%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 81%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
Bruce Braley 81%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 81%
Sandy Levin 81%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 81%
Luis Gutiérrez 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
John Conyers, Jr. 80%
Frank Lautenberg 80%
Pete Stark 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
Al Franken 79%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
Bob Brady 79%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
Mel Watt 79%
John Dingell 79%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 79%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
Bob Filner 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
Jim Moran, Jr. 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
Daniel Inouye 78%
Mike Michaud 78%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
John Hall 77%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
Timothy Johnson 77%
Tom Harkin 77%
Steve Kagen 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 76%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 76%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Byron Dorgan 76%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 76%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 76%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
Corrine Brown 75%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Arlen Specter 75%
Anthony Weiner 75%
Donald Payne 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Brad Miller 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 74%
John Kerry 74%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 74%
Carol Shea-Porter 74%
Chris Dodd 74%
Mary Jo Kilroy 74%
Rob Andrews 73%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 73%
Laura Richardson 73%
Gary Ackerman 73%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 73%
Bart Stupak 73%
Tim Bishop 73%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 73%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 72%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 72%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 72%
Steve Israel 72%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 72%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 72%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 72%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 72%
Kent Conrad 72%
Phil Hare 72%
Alan Grayson 72%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 71%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
Betty Sutton 71%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 71%
Ed Pastor 71%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 70%
Norm Dicks 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 70%
Carolyn McCarthy 69%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 68%
Barbara Boxer 67%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Herb Kohl 66%
Russ Feingold 66%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 66%
Dan Maffei 66%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
Jay Rockefeller IV 65%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 65%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Mark Begich 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
Ciro Rodriguez 64%

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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