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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal Composite Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 93%
Hansen Clarke 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
Donna Edwards 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 93%
Mike Honda 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
Donald Payne 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 91%
Barney Frank 91%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 91%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91%
John Tierney 91%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
George Miller 91%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Charlie Rangel 90%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
Henry Waxman 90%
Louise Slaughter 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
Rush Holt, Jr. 89%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
Mel Watt 88%
John Conyers, Jr. 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
Jim McDermott 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Barbara Boxer 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
Tom Harkin 86%
Barbara Mikulski 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Maurice Hinchey 85%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
Howard Berman 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
Sam Farr 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
Jay Rockefeller IV 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
Lois Capps 82%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 82%
Al Franken 81%
Bruce Braley 81%
Frank Lautenberg 81%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 81%
Betty Sutton 80%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 79%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
Ed Pastor 78%
Harry Reid 78%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 78%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 78%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 78%
Loretta Sanchez 77%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 77%
Laura Richardson 77%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 77%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 76%
Jim Moran, Jr. 76%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 76%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 76%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 76%
Dale Kildee 76%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 76%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 75%
John Kerry 75%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 75%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
Jeff Bingaman 74%
Tim Bishop 74%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 74%
David Wu 74%
Corrine Brown 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
Daniel Inouye 74%
Rob Andrews 74%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 73%
Gary Ackerman 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 73%
Timothy Johnson 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 73%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 73%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 72%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 72%
Mark Udall 72%
Steve Rothman 72%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
Mike Michaud 72%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 72%
Brad Miller 72%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 72%
Norm Dicks 71%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
Kay Hagan 71%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
Russ Carnahan 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
Allyson Schwartz 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 70%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 70%
Steve Israel 69%
Kent Conrad 69%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 69%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 69%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 69%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 69%
Mark Begich 68%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 68%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 67%
Carolyn McCarthy 67%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 65%

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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