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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 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%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 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. 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%
Martin Meehan 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Dave Obey 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman 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%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 96%
Russ Carnahan 96%
Julia Carson 96%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 96%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
Barney Frank 96%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 96%
Darlene Hooley 96%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 96%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 96%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 96%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 96%
Michael McNulty 96%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 96%
Brad Miller 96%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 96%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 96%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 96%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 96%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 96%
Robert Wexler 96%
Rob Andrews 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Jane Harman 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
John Olver 95%
Steve Rothman 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
Chris Dodd 91%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
Shelley Berkley 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
Ben Chandler III 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
Vic Snyder 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Albert Wynn 90%
Brian Baird 86%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
Dennis Moore 86%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
Christopher Shays 86%
John Spratt, Jr. 86%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 86%
Norm Dicks 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
Ed Towns 83%
Evan Bayh 82%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
Hillary Clinton 82%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 82%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 82%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Tim Johnson 80%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%
Bob Etheridge 76%
Bart Gordon 76%
Jim Oberstar 76%
Jim Saxton 76%
Mike Castle 74%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 73%
Herb Kohl 73%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
Ken Salazar 73%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 70%
Melissa Bean 70%
Rick Boucher 70%
Byron Dorgan 70%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 70%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 69%
Paul Kanjorski 69%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 67%
James Ramstad 66%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Kent Conrad 64%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 64%
Vern Ehlers 60%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 60%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 60%

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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