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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell 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%
Julia Carson 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 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%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 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%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 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%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Thomas Allen 93%
Brian Baird 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 93%
Darlene Hooley 93%
Dale Kildee 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
Dennis Moore 93%
Dave Obey 93%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
Vic Snyder 93%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
David Wu 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
Jon Corzine 91%
Russ Feingold 91%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
Herb Kohl 91%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 91%
Paul Sarbanes 91%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
Jerry Costello 87%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 87%
Christopher Shays 87%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 87%
John Spratt, Jr. 87%
Ted Strickland 87%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 80%
James Leach 80%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 80%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
Ed Towns 80%
Albert Wynn 80%
Robert Byrd 73%
Bob Etheridge 73%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 73%
Thomas Holden 73%
Jim Saxton 73%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 73%
Mike Castle 67%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 67%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
Sue Kelly 67%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 64%
Kent Conrad 64%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
Daniel Inouye 64%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 64%
Artur Davis 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Nancy Johnson 60%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 60%
Alan Mollohan 60%
Jack Murtha 60%
Jim Oberstar 60%
James Ramstad 60%
Gene Taylor 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
Byron Dorgan 55%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 55%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Jim Marshall 53%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 53%
Ike Skelton 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 53%
Joe Baca, Sr. 47%
Dennis Cardoza 47%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 47%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 47%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 47%
Earl Pomeroy 47%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 47%
Blanche Lincoln 45%
Charlie Bass 40%
Robert Cramer 40%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 40%
Mike Ross 40%
John Tanner 40%
Max Baucus 36%
Judd Gregg 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 33%

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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