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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 53%
Gary Ackerman 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 40%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 13%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 53%
Richard Armey 46%
John Ashcroft 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 53%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 46%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
Cass Ballenger 46%
James Barcia 73%
Robert Barr, Jr. 33%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 46%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 33%
Charlie Bass 53%
Herbert Bateman 73%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 86%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Shelley Berkley 86%
Howard Berman 86%
Marion Berry 93%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 53%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 60%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 53%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 93%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 13%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 46%
Jim Bunning 13%
Conrad Burns 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 40%
Dan Burton 33%
Steve Buyer 46%
Robert Byrd 93%
Herbert Callahan 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 53%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
Ben Campbell 46%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 60%
Chris Cannon 46%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 66%
Mike Castle 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 40%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 53%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 80%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 46%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
Michael Collins 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
Larry Combest 40%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
Merrill Cook 60%
John Cooksey 46%
Jerry Costello 80%
Paul Coverdell 26%
Christopher Cox 46%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 73%
Philip Crane 40%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
Barbara Cubin 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Patsy Ann Danner 66%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 93%
Thomas Davis III 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 46%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 40%
James DeMint 40%
Peter Deutsch 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jay Dickey 53%
Norm Dicks 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 33%
Calvin Dooley 93%
John Doolittle 40%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 93%
David Dreier 53%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 53%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 93%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 53%
Jo Ann Emerson 46%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
Philip English 53%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 86%
Lane Evans 86%
Terry Everett 33%
Thomas Ewing 53%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 93%
Peter Fitzgerald 46%
Ernest Fletcher 40%
Mark Foley 66%
Michael Patrick Forbes 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 66%
Tillie Fowler 53%
Barney Frank 93%
Robert Franks 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 73%
William Frist 40%
Jonas Frost III 73%
Elton Gallegly 60%
John Ganske 73%
Sam Gejdenson 93%
George Gekas 53%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 53%
Wayne Gilchrest 66%
Paul Gillmor 53%
Benjamin Gilman 66%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 26%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 46%
William Goodling 60%
Bart Gordon 80%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 53%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 53%
William Phillip Gramm 13%
Rodney Grams 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 46%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 40%
Mark Green 53%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
James Greenwood 73%
Judd Gregg 26%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 86%

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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