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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 30%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 80%
Richard Armey 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
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%
Ben Campbell 30%
Chris Cannon 30%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 70%
Eva Clayton 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
Robert Clement 70%
Michael Collins 40%
Larry Combest 40%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 100%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 80%
Christopher Cox 40%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 70%
Philip Crane 40%
Barbara Cubin 40%
Randall Cunningham 50%
Thomas Daschle 90%
James Davis 90%
Thomas Davis III 60%
Bill Delahunt 90%
Thomas DeLay 40%
James DeMint 30%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 90%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
Calvin Dooley 90%
John Doolittle 40%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 40%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 70%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
Philip English 70%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 30%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 40%
Ernest Fletcher 50%
Mark Foley 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 90%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
Barney Frank 90%
William Frist 30%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Elton Gallegly 50%
John Ganske 60%
George Gekas 40%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
Jim Gibbons 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Paul Gillmor 40%
Benjamin Gilman 60%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 40%
Bart Gordon 60%
Porter Goss 50%
Daniel Graham 100%
William Phillip Gramm 20%
Mark Green 50%
James Greenwood 70%
Judd Gregg 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
Tony Hall 90%
James Hansen 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 20%
Robert Hayes 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 40%
Joel Hefley 50%
Jesse Helms 10%
Wally Herger, Jr. 40%
Baron Hill 80%
Van Hilleary 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 90%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 60%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 80%
Ernest Hollings 100%
Darlene Hooley 80%
Stephen Horn 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 20%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 70%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 40%
Asa Hutchinson 50%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 30%
Kay Hutchison 30%
Henry Hyde 70%
Daniel Inouye 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
William Jefferson 70%
James Merrill Jeffords 90%
William Lewis Jenkins 40%
Christopher John 60%
Nancy Johnson 70%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Sue Kelly 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Gerald Kleczka 90%
Joseph Knollenberg 50%
Herb Kohl 100%
James Kolbe 50%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Jon Kyl 30%
John LaFalce 100%
Ray LaHood 60%
Nicholas Lampson 70%
Tom Lantos 90%
Stephen Largent 40%
Steve LaTourette 50%
James Leach 70%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 50%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 90%
John Linder 50%
William Lipinski 80%
Trent Lott, Sr. 30%
Dick Lugar 40%
William Luther 100%
James Maloney 70%
Don Manzullo 30%
Frank Mascara 80%
Robert Matsui 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
James McCrery III 50%
John McHugh 70%
Scott McInnis 40%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 90%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Dan Miller 40%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
John Moakley 90%
Alan Mollohan 70%
Dennis Moore 80%
Constance Morella 80%
Frank Murkowski 30%
Jack Murtha 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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