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Jim Costa

Jim Costa's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Foreign Affairs

Full Name: Jim Costa
Current Office: U.S. House - District 16, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 16
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014

Foreign Affairs

2014 Peace Action West - Positions (June 3, 2014) 47%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 90%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 43%
2013 Peace Action West - Positions (Nov. 20, 2013) 47%
2012 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 4%
2012 Armenian National Committee of America - Positions 100%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2012 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 67%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33%
2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Foreign) 58%
2012 Peace Action - Positions 26%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 67%
2011-2012 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 60%
2011-2012 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 50%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 50%
2011-2012 USA Engage - Positions 75%
2011 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 50%
2011 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 13%
2011 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 64%
2011 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 59%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2011 Peace Action West - Positions 18%
2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 50%
2010 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A-
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 38%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 56%
2010 Peace Action - Positions 38%
2010 Peace Action West - Positions 38%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 50%
2009-2010 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 50%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -6%
2009-2010 USA Engage - Positions 40%
2009-2010 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 20%
2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 50%
2009 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 42%
2009 Latin America Working Group - Positions 25%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 44%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 NewPolicy.org - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy 0%
2009 Peace Action West - Positions 38%
2009 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score 50%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2%
2008 Armenian National Committee of America - Positions on Armenian American Issues A+
2008 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A
2008 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 50%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2008 Peace Action West - Positions 50%
2008 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score C
2007-2009 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A-
2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 67%
2007-2008 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 60%
2007-2008 Council for a Livable World - Positions 37%
2007-2008 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 67%
2007-2008 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Positions 44%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007-2008 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4
2007-2008 USA Engage - Positions on Trade and Engagement B+
2007-2008 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 0
2007 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A-
2007 Council for a Livable World - Positions 64%
2007 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 73%
2007 Latin America Working Group - Positions 50%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 59%
2007 Peace Action West - Positions 36%
2007 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2
2007 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A
2007 Voices for Creative Nonviolence - Iraq-Afghanistan Supplemental Spending Score 80%
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 57%
2006 Church World Service - Positions 33
2006 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B
2006 Latin America Working Group - Positions 30%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 58%
2006 Peace Action - Positions 29%
2006 Peace Action West - Positions 29%
2006 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur B
2006 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 38%
2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 59%
2005-2006 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2005-2006 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 17%
2005-2006 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Positions 33%
2005-2006 Population Action International - Positions on Reproductive Health 100%
2005-2006 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -7
2005 Church World Service - Positions 75
2005 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Positions 0%
2005 Latin America Working Group - Positions 57%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 39%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 60%
2005 Peace Action - Positions 33%
2005 PeacePAC - Positions 58%

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