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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 41%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 44%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 23%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 19%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 37%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 64%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 21%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 25%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 21%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 22%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 19%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 41%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 15%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 16%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 77%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 76%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 34%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 47%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 26%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 23%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 33%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 11%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 41%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 42%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Todd Young Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 19%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 26%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 28%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
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 8%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 79%
LA Attorney General Jeff Landry Republican 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 72%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 33%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 64%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 88%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 76%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 16%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 54%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 45%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 15%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 70%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 58%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 36%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 16%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 21%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 29%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 16%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 28%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 17%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 69%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Republican 9%
NA Director of the Office of Management & Budget Mick Mulvaney Republican 28%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 19%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 32%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 23%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 73%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 69%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 47%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 38%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 45%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 87%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 35%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 12%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 19%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 30%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 43%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 65%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 20%

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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