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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 27%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 18%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 9%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 27%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 18%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 9%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 45%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 9%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 73%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 18%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 73%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 18%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 73%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 91%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 18%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 18%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 91%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 36%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 18%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 18%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 91%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 73%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 91%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 91%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 18%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 9%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 91%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 9%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 18%

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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