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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 40%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 46%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 26%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 46%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 46%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 46%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 46%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 73%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 53%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 46%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 40%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 53%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 46%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 53%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 46%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 46%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 50%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 73%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 40%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 40%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 66%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 73%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 40%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 73%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 46%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 6%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 40%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 53%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 46%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 46%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 53%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 46%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 46%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 46%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 53%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 40%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
Neil Abercrombie 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 53%
Gary Ackerman 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 13%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 53%
Richard Armey 46%
John Ashcroft 13%
Spencer Bachus 53%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 46%
Cass Ballenger 46%
James Barcia 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
Bill Barrett 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
Charlie Bass 53%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 73%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 86%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Shelley Berkley 86%
Howard Berman 86%
Marion Berry 93%
Judy Biggert 53%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 60%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 73%
John Boehner 46%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 33%
David Edward Bonior 93%
Mary Bono Mack 66%
Robert Borski, Jr. 93%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
John Breaux 93%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 46%
Jim Bunning 13%
Conrad Burns 13%
Dan Burton 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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