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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2007-2008 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 117%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 117%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 117%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 117%
Frank Lautenberg 117%
Carl Levin 117%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 117%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 108%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 108%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 108%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 108%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 108%
Norm Dicks 108%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 108%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 108%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 108%
Maurice Hinchey 108%
Rush Holt, Jr. 108%
Dennis Kucinich 108%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 108%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 108%
Carolyn McCarthy 108%
George Miller 108%
Jim Moran, Jr. 108%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 108%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 108%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 108%
Betty Sutton 108%
Ed Towns 108%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 108%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Jim Gerlach 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
John Hall 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Todd Platts 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
Carol Shea-Porter 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Neil Abercrombie 92%
Judy Biggert 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
Mary Bono Mack 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 92%
Mike Castle 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
Barney Frank 92%
Phil Hare 92%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 92%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 92%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 92%
Ron Klein 92%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 92%
Steve LaTourette 92%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
Donald Payne 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
Allyson Schwartz 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 92%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 92%
John Tierney 92%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 92%
Henry Waxman 92%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 92%
Tim Bishop 83%
Rick Boucher 83%
Robert Byrd 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
Hillary Clinton 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Charlie Gonzalez 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
Paul Hodes 83%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
Herb Kohl 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
Thaddeus McCotter 83%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
Brad Miller 83%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 83%
Patrick Murphy 83%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 83%
Nick Rahall II 83%
Steve Rothman 83%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 83%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 83%
Arlen Specter 83%
Ted Stevens 83%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 83%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 83%
David Wu 83%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
Brian Baird 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 75%
Ben Chandler III 75%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Gabrielle Giffords 75%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 75%
Mike Michaud 75%
Harry Mitchell 75%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 75%
Jack Murtha 75%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 75%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 75%
Pete Stark 75%
Robert Wexler 75%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 75%
Jason Altmire 67%
Rob Andrews 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 67%
Bruce Braley 67%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 67%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Norm Coleman 67%
Vern Ehlers 67%
John Ensign 67%
Russ Feingold 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
Tom Harkin 67%
Jane Harman 67%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67%
Baron Hill 67%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 67%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67%
Mary Landrieu 67%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 67%
John McHugh 67%
Alan Mollohan 67%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 67%

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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