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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

2000 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Social , Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
Bob Filner 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
Barney Frank 92%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 92%
Gerald Kleczka 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
Major Owens 92%
Donald Payne 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 92%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
Robert Byrd 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
Ernest Hollings 91%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
Dave Obey 91%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
Bart Stupak 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
William Luther 83%
Martin Meehan 83%
John Moakley 83%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 83%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 83%
Anthony Weiner 83%
David Wu 83%
Max Baucus 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
Julia Carson 82%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 82%
Bill Delahunt 82%
Chris Dodd 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
John Edwards 82%
Russ Feingold 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 82%
Paul Sarbanes 82%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 82%
Arlen Specter 82%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 82%
Ed Towns 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
Kent Conrad 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
Daniel Inouye 78%
Joe Lieberman 78%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
Howard Berman 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
Jerry Costello 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Lane Evans 75%
Tony Hall 75%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 75%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 75%
Robert Matsui 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 75%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
David Phelps 75%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 75%
Ted Strickland 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
Gary Ackerman 73%
Evan Bayh 73%
Rick Boucher 73%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 73%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 73%
Herb Kohl 73%
Karen McCarthy 73%
Carrie Meek 73%
Steve Rothman 73%
Robert Torricelli 73%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Thomas Allen 67%
Rob Andrews 67%
Brian Baird 67%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
Eva Clayton 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 67%
Bob Etheridge 67%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 67%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 67%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
William Jefferson 67%
Tom Lantos 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 67%
Frank Mascara 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
Constance Morella 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 67%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 67%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 67%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 67%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 67%
Robert Wexler 67%
John Breaux 64%
Daniel Graham 64%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 64%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 64%
Blanche Lincoln 64%
William Lipinski 64%
Albert Wynn 64%
Michael McNulty 60%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
James Barcia 58%
Shelley Berkley 58%
Rod Blagojevich 58%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 58%
Robert Clement 58%
Gary Condit 58%
Chet Edwards 58%
Jonas Frost III 58%
Charlie Gonzalez 58%
Bart Gordon 58%
Thomas Holden 58%

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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