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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 30%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 30%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 30%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 40%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 30%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 40%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 70%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 40%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 40%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 40%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 40%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
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 70%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 70%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 30%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 40%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 40%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 30%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 40%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 90%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 30%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 80%
Richard Armey 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Spencer Bachus 50%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
Cass Ballenger 40%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 30%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 70%
Judy Biggert 50%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 70%
Kit Bond 20%
Henry Bonilla 50%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 70%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 90%
Ed Bryant 50%
Jim Bunning 20%
Conrad Burns 30%
Dan Burton 30%
Steve Buyer 40%
Robert Byrd 100%
Herbert Callahan 50%
Dave Camp 60%
Ben Campbell 30%
Chris Cannon 30%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 70%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 30%
Eva Clayton 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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