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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 38.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 26.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 35.7%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 29.2%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23.3%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 96.2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76.5%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75.7%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85.3%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92.3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 59.2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89.8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86.7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16.5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 76.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 81.2%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 91.3%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80.3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91.2%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78.2%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87.8%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88.3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67.2%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78.7%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 78.5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 34.7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 10.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54.8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91.3%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63.2%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22.7%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 22.3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16.3%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 27.2%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95.2%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78.2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14.8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73.3%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21.8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 45.7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20.8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93.2%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 72.2%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85.7%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83.5%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63.8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78.5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82.7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 68%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 46.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 87.7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 51%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 16%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 76.2%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75.2%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 15.7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 11.5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66.7%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 18.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 69.2%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75.8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 14.8%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 26.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 82.7%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50.8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 81.2%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85.7%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33.8%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 72.5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90.5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94.2%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76.3%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89.2%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86.5%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69.2%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71.5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33.5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68.5%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 72.8%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10.7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 14.7%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21.3%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 76.2%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75.5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91.3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 70.3%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29.2%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 7.2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76.5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 28.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 7.7%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 63.7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9.2%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 22.3%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 73.3%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 29.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 23.7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 10.8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 23.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 51%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77.8%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 19.5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90.8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17.3%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 83.2%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 92.5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86.5%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89.3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 79.7%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66.7%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 12%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70.2%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80.8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 89.8%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 90.8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43.7%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 32.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10.5%
Neil Abercrombie 85.5%
Gary Ackerman 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83.5%
Todd Akin 9.2%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Wayne Allard 13.8%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 75.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 69.3%
Spencer Bachus 14%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 33.7%
Brian Baird 69.3%
Richard Hugh Baker 10.8%
J. Gresham Barrett 16.8%
John Barrow 51.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 47.5%
Joe Barton 21.7%
Max Baucus 66.2%
Evan Bayh 73.3%
Melissa Bean 57.8%
Bob Bennett 36%
Shelley Berkley 71.3%
Howard Berman 85.8%
Marion Berry 60.3%
Joe Biden, Jr. 77.5%
Judy Biggert 44.2%
Jeff Bingaman 85.5%
Tim Bishop 83.5%
John Boehner 20%
Kit Bond 21.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18.3%
Mary Bono Mack 39.5%
Dan Boren 49.2%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 63%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 26.3%
Barbara Boxer 95%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56.3%
Bob Brady 73.2%
Corrine Brown 74.7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 15.3%
Sam Brownback 29.7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 24.8%
Jim Bunning 8.2%
Dan Burton 12.8%
Steve Buyer 13.3%
Robert Byrd 70.5%
Dave Camp 24.5%
John Campbell III 19.5%
Chris Cannon 16.3%
Eric Cantor 17.5%
Lois Capps 87.7%

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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