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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Richard Bryan 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Gerald Kleczka 100%
Ronald Klink 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John LaFalce 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
John Moakley 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Charles Robb 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
Bart Stupak 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Gary Ackerman 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Marion Berry 93%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
David Edward Bonior 93%
Robert Borski, Jr. 93%
John Breaux 93%
Robert Byrd 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
James Davis 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 93%
Norm Dicks 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
Calvin Dooley 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 93%
Chet Edwards 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Sam Gejdenson 93%
Tony Hall 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 93%
Ernest Hollings 93%
Daniel Inouye 93%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
Patrick Kennedy 93%
Dale Kildee 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
William Luther 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
James Maloney 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
Matthew Martinez 93%
Robert Matsui 93%
Karen McCarthy 93%
Carrie Meek 93%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
Dennis Moore 93%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 93%
Constance Morella 93%
Major Owens 93%
Donald Payne 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 93%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 93%
Ciro Rodriguez 93%
Steve Rothman 93%
Martin Olav Sabo 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
John Spratt, Jr. 93%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
Ellen Tauscher 93%
Karen Thurman 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
Mel Watt 93%
Robert Wexler 93%
Bob Weygand 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 93%
Max Baucus 86%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 86%
Shelley Berkley 86%
Howard Berman 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
Peter Deutsch 86%
Bob Etheridge 86%
Lane Evans 86%
Russ Feingold 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 86%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 86%
Darlene Hooley 86%
Paul Kanjorski 86%
Tom Lantos 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 86%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 86%
Jack Murtha 86%
Jim Oberstar 86%
John Olver 86%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
Earl Pomeroy 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
Vic Snyder 86%
Pete Stark 86%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 86%
Ed Towns 86%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall 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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