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Brian M. Higgins

Brian M. Higgins's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Social

Full Name: Brian M. Higgins
Current Office: U.S. House - District 26, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Working Families, Democratic for U.S. House - District 26
General Nov. 4, 2014

Social

2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 16%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 16%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 16%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score (Jan. 13, 2014) 76%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Overall Positions 94%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes Lifetime Score 76%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Lifetime Score 91%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes 85%
2013 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 90%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 86%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 87%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 7%
2013 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 70%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 64%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 60%
2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 32%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
2012 Open Doors USA - Positions 50%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 42%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 10%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 10%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 9%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 65%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 26%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 56%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2011 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 90%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 11%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 11%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 89%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 23%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 0%
2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 61%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 57%
2011 The Children's Health Fund - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 10%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 10%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 10%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 10%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Liberty Central - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 58%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 41%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. House Score 50%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 15
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 83%
2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 3%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 3%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 3%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 3%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 38%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 67%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 7%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 14%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 66%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2009 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 90
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 62%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 34%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 33%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 5
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 13%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 13%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 38%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 20%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Progressive Democrats of America - Positions 55%
2007-2008 Secular Coalition for America - Positions on Secular Issues B
2007-2008 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2007 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 100
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 12%
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 0
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 0
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0%
2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2007 National Employment Lawyers Association - Positions 66%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 38%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 61%
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 69
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 69
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 38%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13%
2007 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 100%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 20%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 20%
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0
2006 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 50%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2006 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 75%
2006 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2006 Church World Service - Positions 50
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 14%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 32%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 67%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2006 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 80%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 14%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 14%
2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 65%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 11%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 11%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 28%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 43%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 43%
2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Social Issues 63%
2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Social Issues 63%
2005-2006 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Conservative Action Score 14%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 9%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 6%
2005-2006 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 66%
2005 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 100%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2005 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 78%
2005 Church World Service - Positions 75
2005 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Positions 100%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 63%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 15%
2005 Family Research Council - Positions 31%
2005 Family Research Council - Positions 31%
2005 Hope for Peace and Justice - Positions 100
2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2005 National Association of Social Workers - Positions on Professional Advocacy 50
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
2005 National Criminal Justice Association - Positions 83%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 61%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 50%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 15%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 33%

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