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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 73%
Sandy Adams 13%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
Todd Akin 25%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33%
Rodney Alexander 36%
Jason Altmire 56%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 54%
Rob Andrews 74%
Steve Austria 21%
Kelly Ayotte 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 23%
Spencer Bachus 39%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 25%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 36%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 11%
John Barrow 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 19%
Charlie Bass 53%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
Max Baucus 64%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
Mark Begich 68%
Dan Benishek 24%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
Rick Berg 32%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 85%
Judy Biggert 46%
Brian Bilbray 46%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 26%
Jeff Bingaman 74%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 32%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
Tim Bishop 74%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 15%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 36%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 21%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 23%
Barbara Boxer 86%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 19%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
Bruce Braley 81%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 30%
Paul Broun 38%
Corrine Brown 74%
Scott Brown 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 34%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 19%
Ann Marie Buerkle 9%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 16%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
Dan Burton 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 27%
Dave Camp 31%
John Campbell III 47%
Francisco Canseco 17%
Eric Cantor 20%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 45%
Lois Capps 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 71%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 32%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
Jason Chaffetz 41%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Ben Chandler III 58%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
Hansen Clarke 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
Dan Coats 23%
Howard Coble 35%
Thomas Coburn 4%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 37%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 89%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 43%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 67%
Kent Conrad 69%
John Conyers, Jr. 88%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 58%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 21%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59%
Jerry Costello 60%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
Chip Cravaack 36%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 25%
Ander Crenshaw 32%
Mark Critz 60%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 26%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Geoff Davis 36%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
James DeMint 14%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 47%
Norm Dicks 71%
John Dingell 65%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
Bob Dold 53%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 85%
David Dreier 37%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 36%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 25%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 46%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
Donna Edwards 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 93%
Renee Ellmers 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 32%
Sam Farr 84%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 93%
Stephen Fincher 6%
Mike Fitzpatrick 52%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 21%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 10%
John Fleming, Jr. 21%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 11%
Randy Forbes 25%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 19%
Barney Frank 91%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 81%
Trent Franks 24%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 45%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 87%
Elton Gallegly 26%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 15%
Scott Garrett 31%
Jim Gerlach 44%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 11%
Chris Gibson 51%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
Phil Gingrey 6%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 27%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 22%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 39%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 25%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 33%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 22%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 42%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 93%
Michael Grimm 50%
Frank Guinta 13%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 28%

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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