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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
Robert Byrd 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
William Coyne 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Ernest Hollings 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
John LaFalce 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
William Luther 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Bart Stupak 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Thomas Allen 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
John Breaux 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 90%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
Thomas Daschle 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
James Davis 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
Norm Dicks 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Calvin Dooley 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
Chet Edwards 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Harold Ford, Jr. 90%
Barney Frank 90%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Tony Hall 90%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
Gerald Kleczka 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 90%
Tom Lantos 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
Blanche Lincoln 90%
Robert Matsui 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Carrie Meek 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
John Moakley 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
Major Owens 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
Silvestre Reyes 90%
Ciro Rodriguez 90%
Timothy Roemer 90%
Steve Rothman 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Vic Snyder 90%
John Spratt, Jr. 90%
Ted Strickland 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
Karen Thurman 90%
Robert Torricelli 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
David Wu 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
Rob Andrews 80%
Brian Baird 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
Eva Clayton 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
Gary Condit 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
Bob Etheridge 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
Baron Hill 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
Thomas Holden 80%
Darlene Hooley 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
William Lipinski 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
Frank Mascara 80%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
Dennis Moore 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
Constance Morella 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
Jack Murtha 80%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 80%
Donald Payne 80%
David Phelps 80%
Jack Quinn 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 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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