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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 27%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 44%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 44%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 33%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 56%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 56%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 56%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 44%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 78%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 56%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 56%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 18%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 9%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 56%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 56%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 78%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 44%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 27%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 33%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 56%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 56%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 44%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 56%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 56%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 9%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 22%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 56%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 56%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 56%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 45%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 78%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 56%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 89%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 33%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 78%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 78%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 78%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 44%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 91%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 89%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 27%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 36%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 36%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 56%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 33%
John Ashcroft 9%
Henry Scott Baesler 44%
Richard Hugh Baker 44%
Cass Ballenger 33%
James Barcia 78%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
Bill Barrett 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 44%
Charlie Bass 56%
Herbert Bateman 33%
Max Baucus 82%
Bob Bennett 36%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 56%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 89%
Brian Bilbray 56%
Michael Bilirakis 56%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 44%
Sherwood Boehlert 56%
Kit Bond 36%
Henry Bonilla 33%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 78%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
John Breaux 64%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Richard Bryan 91%
Ed Bryant 33%

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.

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