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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society Legislative Fund

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 83%
John Adler 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
Henry Brown, Jr. 77%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 77%
Bill Delahunt 77%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 77%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 77%
Paul Hodes 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 77%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 77%
Patrick Kennedy 77%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 77%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 77%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
Thaddeus McCotter 77%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 77%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 77%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 77%
Patrick Murphy 77%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 77%
Vic Snyder 77%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 77%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 77%
Juan Arambula 75%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 75%
CA State Senate 14 Thomas Berryhill Republican 75%
Mike Davis 75%
Tom Harman 75%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 75%
CA State Senate 21 Stephen Knight Republican 75%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 75%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 75%
Gloria Romero 75%
Michael Arcuri 69%
Brian Baird 69%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 69%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 69%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 69%
Eric Massa 69%
Michael McMahon 69%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 69%
Harry Mitchell 69%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
Jim Oberstar 69%
Dave Obey 69%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 69%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 69%
Todd Platts 69%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 69%
John Spratt, Jr. 69%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 69%
Diane Watson 69%
Mel Watt 69%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 69%
Robert Byrd 67%
Russ Feingold 67%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 67%
Olympia Snowe 67%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
Elaine Alquist 63%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 63%
Dave Cox 63%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 63%
Charles DeVore 63%
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 63%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 63%
CA State Assembly 55 Curt Hagman Republican 63%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 63%
CA State Assembly 3 Dan Logue Republican 63%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 63%
Roger Niello 63%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 63%
Jim Silva 63%
Mike Villines 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 62%
Melissa Bean 62%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 62%
Judy Biggert 62%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 62%
Russ Carnahan 62%
Ben Chandler III 62%
Kathy Dahlkemper 62%
Elton Gallegly 62%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 62%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 62%
Tim Johnson 62%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
Steve LaTourette 62%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 62%
Laura Richardson 62%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 62%
Mark Schauer 62%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 62%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
Jason Altmire 54%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 54%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 54%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 54%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 54%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 54%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 54%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 54%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 54%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 54%
Gabrielle Giffords 54%
Bart Gordon 54%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 54%
Thomas Holden 54%
Suzanne Kosmas 54%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 54%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 54%
Jack Murtha 54%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 54%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 54%
Silvestre Reyes 54%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 54%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 54%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 54%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 54%
Bill Young 54%
Samuel Aanestad 50%
Bill Berryhill 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 50%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 50%
CA State Assembly 26 Connie Conway Republican 50%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 50%
Denise Ducheny 50%
Robert Dutton 50%
John Ensign 50%
Martin Garrick 50%
Danny Gilmore 50%
Daniel Inouye 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
Herb Kohl 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 50%
Jeff Miller 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 50%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 50%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 50%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 50%
Joe Baca, Sr. 46%
Marion Berry 46%
Brian Bilbray 46%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 46%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
Rick Boucher 46%
Joseph Cao 46%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 46%
Artur Davis 46%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 46%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 46%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 46%
Chet Edwards 46%
Bob Etheridge 46%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 46%
Debbie Halvorson 46%
Steve Kagen 46%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 46%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 46%
Jim Marshall 46%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 46%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 46%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 46%
Walt Minnick 46%
Alan Mollohan 46%
Glenn Nye III 46%

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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