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Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 78%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 36%
Gary Ackerman 89%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 36%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 56%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 33%
John Ashcroft 9%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 44%
Henry Scott Baesler 44%
Richard Hugh Baker 44%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 89%
Cass Ballenger 33%
James Barcia 78%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 44%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 22%
Charlie Bass 56%
Herbert Bateman 33%
Max Baucus 82%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 78%
Bob Bennett 36%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 56%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 89%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
Brian Bilbray 56%
Michael Bilirakis 56%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 89%
Rod Blagojevich 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 44%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 22%
Sherwood Boehlert 56%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 44%
Kit Bond 36%
Henry Bonilla 33%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 78%
Rick Boucher 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
John Breaux 64%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 27%
Richard Bryan 91%
Ed Bryant 33%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunning 56%
Conrad Burns 27%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
Dan Burton 44%
Steve Buyer 44%
Robert Byrd 82%
Herbert Callahan 44%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 44%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 56%
Ben Campbell 45%
Thomas Campbell 78%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 56%
Chris Cannon 44%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 78%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 56%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
John Chafee 82%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 56%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 33%
Jon Lynn Christensen 56%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 78%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 27%
Michael Collins 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Larry Combest 33%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 78%
Merrill Cook 56%
John Cooksey 56%
Jerry Costello 67%
Paul Coverdell 27%
Christopher Cox 33%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 27%
Robert Cramer 56%
Philip Crane 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
Barbara Cubin 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 56%
Alfonse D'Amato 73%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
James Davis 89%
Thomas Davis III 56%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 44%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 78%
Thomas DeLay 44%
Peter Deutsch 78%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
Jay Dickey 33%
Norm Dicks 78%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 27%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 22%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 89%
David Dreier 44%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 67%
Jennifer Dunn 56%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 89%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 44%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
Philip English 56%
John Ensign 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 44%
Thomas Ewing 56%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 56%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
Bob Filner 56%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 56%
Michael Patrick Forbes 44%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Wendell Ford 64%
Tillie Fowler 56%
Jon David Fox 56%
Barney Frank 67%
Robert Franks 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
William Frist 27%
Jonas Frost III 78%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 56%
John Ganske 56%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 56%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 78%
Jim Gibbons 56%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 44%
Benjamin Gilman 56%
Newt Gingrich 11%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 67%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
William Goodling 44%
Bart Gordon 67%
Slade Gorton 18%
Porter Goss 56%
Daniel Graham 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
William Phillip Gramm 18%
Rodney Grams 18%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 78%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 27%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 56%

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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