Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 32%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 16%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 45%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 83%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 7%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 12%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 15%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 68%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 76%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman Republican 17%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 69%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 67%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 16%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 27%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 66%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 34%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 74%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 11%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 74%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 32%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 81%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 58%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 57%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 39%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 55%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 91%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 16%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 78%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 92%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 9%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 35%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 26%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 12%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 32%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 16%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 45%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 83%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 76%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 7%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 83%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 91%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 53%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 78%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 75%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 54%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 81%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 12%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 11%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 77%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 74%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 88%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 21%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 70%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 15%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 68%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 84%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 67%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 76%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman R 17%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 69%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 82%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 71%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 84%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 67%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 74%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 16%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 23%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 93%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 27%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 87%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 30%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 61%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 78%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 66%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 85%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 26%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 14%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 34%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 85%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 77%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 74%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 90%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 95%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 50%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 90%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 16%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 11%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 22%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 74%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 22%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 32%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 77%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 86%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 88%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 81%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 67%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 91%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 40%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 81%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 58%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 78%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 57%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 39%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 55%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 91%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 64%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 86%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 23%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 16%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 88%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 18%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 23%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 78%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 92%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 11%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 79%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 89%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 9%
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