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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society Legislative Fund

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
William Coyne 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 100%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
Jane Harman 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Nancy Johnson 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 100%
Gerald Kleczka 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
James Maloney 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
Constance Morella 100%
Dave Obey 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
James Ramstad 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
Marge Roukema 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
Jim Saxton 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Bob Smith 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 89%
Brian Baird 89%
Robert Borski, Jr. 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Bob Filner 89%
Benjamin Gilman 89%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 89%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 89%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 89%
Dale Kildee 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 89%
Martin Meehan 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 89%
Hilda Solis 89%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
Robert Wexler 89%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
David Wu 89%
Albert Wynn 89%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
Norm Dicks 88%
Chris Dodd 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
James Greenwood 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
Darlene Hooley 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
William Luther 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
Paul Sarbanes 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
Robert Torricelli 88%
Sherwood Boehlert 86%
Julia Carson 86%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 86%
Hillary Clinton 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 86%
James Merrill Jeffords 86%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
Sue Kelly 86%
James Kolbe 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 86%
Joe Lieberman 86%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
John Olver 86%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
Rick Santorum 86%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 86%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 86%
Judy Biggert 83%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 83%
John Ensign 83%
Wayne Gilchrest 83%
Daniel Graham 83%
Judd Gregg 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
Herb Kohl 83%
Dick Lugar 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 83%
Deborah Pryce 83%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Arlen Specter 83%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Robert Byrd 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
Byron Dorgan 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
Michael McNulty 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 80%
John Sununu 80%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
Paul Wellstone 80%
Shelley Berkley 78%
Rod Blagojevich 78%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 78%

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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