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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Liberal on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 73%
Sandy Adams 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 52%
Todd Akin 31%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 38%
Rodney Alexander 44%
Jason Altmire 58%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 53%
Rob Andrews 73%
Steve Austria 31%
Kelly Ayotte 25%
Joe Baca, Sr. 61%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 39%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 27%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 44%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
John Barrow 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 39%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 52%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 80%
Max Baucus 47%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
Mark Begich 52%
Dan Benishek 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 52%
Rick Berg 17%
Shelley Berkley 62%
Howard Berman 80%
Judy Biggert 55%
Brian Bilbray 49%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 27%
Jeff Bingaman 52%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 45%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Tim Bishop 73%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 52%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 33%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 39%
Mary Bono Mack 49%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 12%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 17%
Barbara Boxer 52%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
Bruce Braley 80%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
Paul Broun 35%
Corrine Brown 70%
Scott Brown 44%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 52%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 37%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 17%
Ann Marie Buerkle 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 29%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
Dave Camp 27%
John Campbell III 42%
Quico Canseco 0%
Eric Cantor 27%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 52%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 50%
Lois Capps 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 52%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 64%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 52%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 52%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17%
Jason Chaffetz 29%
Saxby Chambliss 20%
Ben Chandler III 59%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 80%
Hansen Clarke 80%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
Dan Coats 12%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 29%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 80%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 39%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 64%
Kent Conrad 52%
John Conyers, Jr. 80%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 52%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 59%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 58%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 64%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Chip Cravaack 39%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 31%
Ander Crenshaw 17%
Mark Critz 58%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 30%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 80%
Geoff Davis 37%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 73%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 61%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
James DeMint 0%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 51%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
Norm Dicks 68%
John Dingell 66%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Bob Dold 55%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
David Dreier 35%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 37%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 39%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 52%
Donna Edwards 80%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 80%
Renee Ellmers 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 51%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 17%
Sam Farr 80%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 52%
Bob Filner 80%
Stephen Fincher 0%
Mike Fitzpatrick 52%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 17%
John Fleming, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 0%
Randy Forbes 17%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 44%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 17%
Barney Frank 80%
Al Franken 52%
Trent Franks 17%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 45%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 80%
Elton Gallegly 17%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 80%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 0%
Scott Garrett 0%
Jim Gerlach 46%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 0%
Chris Gibson 55%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 52%
Phil Gingrey 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 37%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 31%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 39%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 31%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 43%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 80%
Michael Grimm 54%
Frank Guinta 17%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 17%

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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