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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
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 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%
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%
Steve Buyer 46%
Robert Byrd 93%
Herbert Callahan 33%
Ben Campbell 46%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 60%
Chris Cannon 46%
Julia Carson 66%
Mike Castle 80%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 80%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 80%
Michael Collins 40%
Larry Combest 40%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 100%
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%
Barbara Cubin 40%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Patsy Ann Danner 66%
Thomas Daschle 100%
James Davis 93%
Thomas Davis III 80%
Bill Delahunt 93%
Thomas DeLay 40%
James DeMint 40%
Peter Deutsch 86%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jay Dickey 53%
Norm Dicks 93%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 33%
Calvin Dooley 93%
John Doolittle 40%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 53%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 93%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 53%
Jo Ann Emerson 46%
Philip English 53%
Bob Etheridge 86%
Lane Evans 86%
Terry Everett 33%
Thomas Ewing 53%
Russ Feingold 86%
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%
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%
William Goodling 60%
Bart Gordon 80%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 53%
Daniel Graham 100%
William Phillip Gramm 13%
Rodney Grams 13%
Mark Green 53%
James Greenwood 73%
Judd Gregg 26%
Gilbert Gutknecht 46%
Tony Hall 93%
James Hansen 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 6%
Robert Hayes 46%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 40%
Joel Hefley 53%
Jesse Helms 13%
Wally Herger, Jr. 40%
Baron Hill 73%
Rick Hill 40%
Van Hilleary 46%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 80%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
David Lee Hobson 46%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 93%
Pete Hoekstra 46%
Thomas Holden 73%
Ernest Hollings 93%
Darlene Hooley 86%
Stephen Horn 80%
John Nathan Hostettler 40%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 26%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 46%
Asa Hutchinson 46%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 40%
Kay Hutchison 33%
Henry Hyde 66%
Daniel Inouye 93%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 80%
James Merrill Jeffords 66%
William Lewis Jenkins 53%
Christopher John 80%
Nancy Johnson 73%
Paul Kanjorski 86%
Sue Kelly 73%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 93%
Bob Kerrey 100%
Dale Kildee 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
Gerald Kleczka 100%
Ronald Klink 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 53%
Herb Kohl 100%
James Kolbe 53%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Steven Kuykendall 73%
Jon Kyl 13%
John LaFalce 100%
Ray LaHood 46%
Nicholas Lampson 80%
Tom Lantos 86%
Stephen Largent 33%
Steve LaTourette 60%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Rick Lazio 66%
James Leach 80%

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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