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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Brian Baird 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
Travis Childers 100%
VI U.S. House Delegate Donna Christensen Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
John Hall 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 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%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
Melissa Bean 94%
Shelley Berkley 94%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
Russ Carnahan 94%
Mike Castle 94%
Ben Chandler III 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
Norm Dicks 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 94%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 94%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 94%
Harry Mitchell 94%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 94%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 94%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 94%
Ed Towns 94%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
Diane Watson 94%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Barney Frank 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
Hilda Solis 93%
Mel Watt 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
Joe Lieberman 91%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 91%
Michael Arcuri 88%
Rick Boucher 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
Jerry Costello 88%
Bill Delahunt 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
Bob Filner 88%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 88%
Phil Hare 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
Brad Miller 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
Dave Obey 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
Betty Sutton 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
Robert Wexler 88%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 87%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 87%
Bart Gordon 87%
Ron Klein 87%
Dennis Moore 87%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 83%
AS U.S. House Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 83%
Evan Bayh 82%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 82%
Daniel Inouye 82%

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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