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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Robert 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%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunning 56%
Conrad Burns 27%
Dan Burton 44%
Steve Buyer 44%
Robert Byrd 82%
Herbert Callahan 44%
Ben Campbell 45%
Thomas Campbell 78%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 56%
Chris Cannon 44%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 56%
John Chafee 82%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 33%
Jon Lynn Christensen 56%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 78%
Michael Collins 33%
Larry Combest 33%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 100%
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%
Barbara Cubin 33%
Randall Cunningham 56%
Alfonse D'Amato 73%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 100%
James Davis 89%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Bill Delahunt 89%
Thomas DeLay 44%
Peter Deutsch 78%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
Jay Dickey 33%
Norm Dicks 78%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 27%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 22%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 44%
Jennifer Dunn 56%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 89%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 44%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Philip English 56%
John Ensign 67%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 44%
Thomas Ewing 56%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 18%
Harris Fawell 56%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
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%
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%
William Goodling 44%
Bart Gordon 67%
Slade Gorton 18%
Porter Goss 56%
Daniel Graham 82%
William Phillip Gramm 18%
Rodney Grams 18%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 27%
Gilbert Gutknecht 44%
Tony Hall 78%
Lee Hamilton 78%
James Hansen 44%
Jane Harman 67%
J. Dennis Hastert 56%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 56%
Joel Hefley 33%
W.G. Hefner 44%
Jesse Helms 9%
Wally Herger, Jr. 44%
Rick Hill 44%
Van Hilleary 22%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 89%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 56%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 78%
Ernest Hollings 91%
Darlene Hooley 78%
Stephen Horn 56%
John Nathan Hostettler 56%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 33%
Kenny Hulshof 56%
Duncan Hunter 44%
Asa Hutchinson 44%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 18%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Henry Hyde 56%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 33%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 22%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89%
William Jefferson 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 73%
William Lewis Jenkins 56%
Christopher John 56%
Jay Johnson 89%
Nancy Johnson 56%
Paul Kanjorski 89%
Sue Kelly 56%
Dirk Kempthorne 36%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 89%
Patrick Kennedy 89%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Bob Kerrey 91%
Dale Kildee 78%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Jay Kim 56%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
Ronald Klink 89%
Scott Klug 44%
Joseph Knollenberg 44%
Herb Kohl 82%
James Kolbe 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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