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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

2007 Positions on Social Justice and Peace

Issues: Social , Liberal , Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 78
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 78
Pete Stark 76
Brian Baird 75
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 75
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 75
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 75
Laura Richardson 75
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 75
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 75
Barney Frank 74
Thomas Allen 73
Rob Andrews 73
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 73
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 73
Paul Hodes 73
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 73
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 73
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 73
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 73
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 73
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 73
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 73
David Wu 73
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 72
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 72
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 72
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 72
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 72
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 72
John Olver 72
Donald Payne 72
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 72
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 72
Albert Wynn 72
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 72
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 71
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 71
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71
Patrick Kennedy 71
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 71
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 71
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 70
Ben Chandler III 70
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 70
Hillary Clinton 70
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 70
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 70
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 70
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 70
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 70
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 70
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 70
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 70
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 70
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 70
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 70
Ellen Tauscher 70
Ed Towns 70
Anthony Weiner 70
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 69
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 69
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 69
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 69
Jerry Costello 69
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 69
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 69
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 69
Darlene Hooley 69
Michael McNulty 69
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 69
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 69
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 69
Mel Watt 69
Robert Wexler 69
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 69
Michael Arcuri 68
Joe Baca, Sr. 68
Shelley Berkley 68
Russ Carnahan 68
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 68
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 68
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 68
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 68
Bill Delahunt 68
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 68
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 68
Chris Dodd 68
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 68
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 68
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 68
Phil Hare 68
Jane Harman 68
Maurice Hinchey 68
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 68
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 68
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 68
Dale Kildee 68
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 68
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 68
Alan Mollohan 68
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 68
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 68
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 68
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 68
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 68
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 68
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 68
Joe Sestak, Jr. 68
Hilda Solis 68
Betty Sutton 68
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 68
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 68
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68
William Jefferson 67
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 67
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 67
Brad Miller 67
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 67
Dave Obey 67
Steve Rothman 67
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 67
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 67
John Spratt, Jr. 67
Howard Berman 66
Bob Filner 66
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 66
Tom Lantos 66
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 66
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 66
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 65
Gary Ackerman 65
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 65
Jason Altmire 65
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 65
Rick Boucher 65
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 65
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 65
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 65
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 65
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 65
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 65
Artur Davis 65
Norm Dicks 65
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 65
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 65
Russ Feingold 65
John Hall 65
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 65
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65
Steve Kagen 65
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 65
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 65
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 65
Frank Lautenberg 65
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 65
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 65
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 65
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 65
Harry Mitchell 65
Dennis Moore 65
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 65
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 65
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 65
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 65
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 65
Ciro Rodriguez 65
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 65
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 65
Bart Stupak 65
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 65
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 65
Diane Watson 65
Lynn Woolsey 65
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 64
Gabrielle Giffords 64
Nicholas Lampson 64
Marion Berry 63
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 63
Leonard Boswell 63
Dennis Cardoza 63
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 63

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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