Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Liberal on Social Policy Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 37%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 6%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 52%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 16%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 61%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 89%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman Republican 24%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 64%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 29%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 38%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 70%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 24%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 35%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 51%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 84%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 6%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 29%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 72%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 29%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 38%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 18%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 75%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 54%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 53%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 89%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 24%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 74%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 89%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 84%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 37%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 6%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 20%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 52%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 89%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 79%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 0%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 84%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 54%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 89%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 71%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 52%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 75%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 84%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 16%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 13%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 75%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 80%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 82%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 89%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 89%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 84%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 13%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 61%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 75%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 89%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman R 24%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 75%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 72%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 66%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 75%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 64%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 85%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 13%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 29%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 89%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 33%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 84%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 38%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 58%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 69%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 67%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 70%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 24%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 10%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 35%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 82%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 89%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 64%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 89%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 89%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 51%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 84%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 6%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 29%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 72%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 29%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 38%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 18%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 89%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 80%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 85%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 75%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 63%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 43%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 75%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 54%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 82%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 39%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 53%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 89%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 54%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 89%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 13%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 24%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 89%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 27%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 13%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 74%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 89%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 8%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 80%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 84%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
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