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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Rob Andrews 79%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 7%
Henry Scott Baesler 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 9%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 71%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 71%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 7%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman 7%
Max Baucus 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 14%
Howard Berman 86%
Tom Bevill 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Michael Bilirakis 7%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
Peter Blute 36%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 7%
Robert Borski, Jr. 86%
Rick Boucher 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 94%
John Breaux 67%
Bill Brewster 36%
Glen Browder 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 93%
George Brown, Jr. 93%
Hank Brown 6%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 73%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunn 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 7%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 29%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 71%
Mike Castle 29%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
John Chafee 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Jim Chapman 73%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
Dick Chrysler 0%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 64%
William Clinger 18%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
William Cohen 33%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 82%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 43%
Kent Conrad 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Wes Cooley 9%
Jerry Costello 71%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 9%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 27%
Patsy Ann Danner 64%
Thomas Daschle 93%
Thomas Davis III 14%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
E. Kika de la Garza 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 57%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 79%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 86%
Julian Dixon 93%
Chris Dodd 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
Robert Dole 11%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 87%
Robert Dornan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 29%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
Chet Edwards 71%
Vern Ehlers 7%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Bill Emerson 9%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 21%
John Ensign 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
Jim Exon 83%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 7%
Victor Fazio 79%
Russ Feingold 87%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Cleo Fields 82%
Jack Fields, Jr. 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 93%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 27%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 7%
Michael Patrick Forbes 14%
Harold Ford, Sr. 91%
Wendell Ford 80%
Tillie Fowler 0%
Jon David Fox 36%
Barney Frank 100%
Gary Franks 27%
Robert Franks 29%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 21%
Dan Frisa 9%
William Frist 13%
Jonas Frost III 71%
David Funderburk 9%
Elizabeth Furse 79%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 21%
Sam Gejdenson 79%
George Gekas 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 93%
Pete Geren 27%
Sam Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 21%
Paul Gillmor 7%
Benjamin Gilman 57%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
William Goodling 0%
Bart Gordon 50%

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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