Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2001 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 27%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 18%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 18%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 91%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 91%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 73%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 82%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 91%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 91%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 82%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 82%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 82%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 91%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 91%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 91%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 18%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 91%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 9%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 82%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 82%
CO Commissioner-2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 73%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 91%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 91%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 9%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 100%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 9%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 82%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 18%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 18%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 18%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 64%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 9%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 27%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 18%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 18%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 91%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 18%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 91%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 9%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 82%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 18%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 27%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 18%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 27%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 18%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 18%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 9%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 82%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 82%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 82%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 82%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 82%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 73%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 91%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 45%
ME Councilor-At-Large Joseph Baldacci D 91%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 91%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 18%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 91%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 91%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 91%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 73%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 100%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 9%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 18%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 27%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 18%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 91%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 27%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 9%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 91%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 91%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 18%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 18%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 91%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 91%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 18%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 91%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 91%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 18%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 73%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 91%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 91%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 91%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 9%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 9%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 18%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 18%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 91%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 36%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 18%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 18%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 91%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 18%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 91%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 0%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 91%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 73%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 0%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 91%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 9%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 82%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 27%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 9%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 9%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 9%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 9%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 9%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 9%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 91%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 9%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 82%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 91%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 82%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 27%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 0%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 91%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 91%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 91%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 82%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 91%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 82%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 9%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 91%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 0%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 91%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 27%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 9%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 36%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 82%
Richard Armey 9%
Joe Baca, Sr. 82%
Spencer Bachus 18%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 18%
James Barcia 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 9%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 18%
Max Baucus 64%
Evan Bayh 91%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 73%
Judy Biggert 18%
Michael Bilirakis 18%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 18%
Kit Bond 18%
Henry Bonilla 18%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 9%
Robert Borski, Jr. 82%
Leonard Boswell 82%
Rick Boucher 82%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
John Breaux 64%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Ed Bryant 9%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 18%
Dan Burton 9%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 91%
Herbert Callahan 18%
Dave Camp 9%
Ben Campbell 36%
Chris Cannon 9%
Eric Cantor 0%
Jean Carnahan 91%
Brad Carson 73%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 27%
Lincoln Chafee 73%
Saxby Chambliss 18%
Eva Clayton 91%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 82%
Robert Clement 55%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Howard Coble 9%
Michael Collins 18%
Larry Combest 9%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 91%
John Cooksey 18%
Jon Corzine 91%
Jerry Costello 73%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 91%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 55%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 18%
Thomas Daschle 91%
James Davis 91%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
Thomas Davis III 18%
Bill Delahunt 82%
Thomas DeLay 9%
James DeMint 9%
Peter Deutsch 82%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 18%
Norm Dicks 91%
John Dingell 82%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 91%
David Dreier 18%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
John Edwards 91%
Chet Edwards 82%
Vern Ehlers 18%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 27%
Philip English 18%
John Ensign 27%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Lane Evans 91%
Terry Everett 18%
Russ Feingold 82%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 18%
Ernest Fletcher 18%
Mark Foley 9%
Harold Ford, Jr. 91%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 27%
Barney Frank 91%
William Frist 18%
Jonas Frost III 91%
Elton Gallegly 18%
John Ganske 36%
George Gekas 18%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 82%
Jim Gibbons 18%
Wayne Gilchrest 18%
Paul Gillmor 18%
Benjamin Gilman 18%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
Bart Gordon 45%
Porter Goss 18%
Daniel Graham 91%
William Phillip Gramm 9%
Mark Green 18%
James Greenwood 18%
Judd Gregg 18%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 18%
Gilbert Gutknecht 9%
Charles Hagel 18%
Ralph Hall 36%
Tony Hall 64%
James Hansen 9%
Tom Harkin 91%
Jane Harman 82%
Melissa Hart 18%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 9%
Robert Hayes 18%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 9%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 9%
Baron Hill 64%
Van Hilleary 18%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 73%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
David Lee Hobson 18%
Joseph Hoeffel 82%
Pete Hoekstra 9%
Thomas Holden 73%
Ernest Hollings 91%
Rush Holt, Jr. 73%
Darlene Hooley 82%
Stephen Horn 27%
John Nathan Hostettler 0%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 27%
Kenny Hulshof 9%
Duncan Hunter 9%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 27%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Henry Hyde 18%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 9%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 91%
James Merrill Jeffords 73%
William Lewis Jenkins 18%
Christopher John 64%
Nancy Johnson 18%
Tim Johnson 36%
Timothy Johnson 91%
Paul Kanjorski 73%
Ric Keller 18%
Sue Kelly 18%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Mark Kennedy 9%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Brian Kerns 0%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 9%
Gerald Kleczka 91%
Joseph Knollenberg 9%
Herb Kohl 82%
James Kolbe 18%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 9%
John LaFalce 100%
Ray LaHood 27%
Nicholas Lampson 64%
Mary Landrieu 91%
Tom Lantos 91%
Tom Latham 18%
Steve LaTourette 18%
James Leach 45%
Carl Levin 91%
Jerry Lewis 9%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 91%
Blanche Lincoln 91%
John Linder 9%
William Lipinski 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 27%
Ken Lucas 45%
Dick Lugar 18%
William Luther 82%
James Maloney 73%
Don Manzullo 18%
Frank Mascara 73%
Jim Matheson 73%
Robert Matsui 82%
Carolyn McCarthy 82%
Karen McCarthy 82%
James McCrery III 9%
John McHugh 18%
Mike McIntyre 73%
Buck McKeon 18%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 91%
Martin Meehan 91%
Carrie Meek 82%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Dan Miller 9%
Gary Miller 9%
George Miller 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 55%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
Alan Mollohan 91%
Dennis Moore 73%
Jim Moran, Jr. 91%
Constance Morella 55%
Frank Murkowski 27%
Jack Murtha 73%
Sue Myrick 9%
Ben Nelson 64%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 18%
Robert William Ney 18%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 18%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 9%
James Nussle 9%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
John Olver 91%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 82%
Thomas William Osborne 27%
Doug Ose 18%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 18%
Ed Pastor 91%
Ron Paul 9%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 18%
Tom Petri 18%
David Phelps 64%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 18%
Todd Platts 18%
Richard Pombo 9%
Earl Pomeroy 82%
Deborah Pryce 18%
Jack Quinn 27%
George Radanovich 9%
Nick Rahall II 73%
James Ramstad 18%
Ralph Regula 18%
Denny Rehberg 18%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
Thomas Reynolds 18%
Bob Riley 18%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 91%
Jay Rockefeller IV 91%
Ciro Rodriguez 91%
Timothy Roemer 91%
Mike Rogers 9%
Mike Ross 73%
Steve Rothman 82%
Marge Roukema 27%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 82%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 82%
Rick Santorum 18%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 18%
Robert Schaffer 9%
Edward Schrock 18%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 18%
Christopher Shays 18%
Donald Sherwood 18%
Ronnie Shows 64%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 18%
Joseph Skeen 18%
Ike Skelton 82%
Gordon Smith 45%
Nick Smith 18%
Bob Smith 9%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Vic Snyder 91%
Mark Souder 9%
Arlen Specter 55%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Pete Stark 73%
Cliff Stearns 9%
Charles Stenholm 73%
Ted Stevens 18%
Ted Strickland 91%
Bob Stump 9%
Bart Stupak 82%
John Sununu 18%
John Sweeney 18%
Tom Tancredo 9%
John Tanner 82%
Ellen Tauscher 82%
William Tauzin 18%
Charles Taylor 9%
Gene Taylor 73%
Lee Terry 18%
Craig Thomas 18%
William Thomas 18%
Fred Thompson 18%
Karen Thurman 91%
Strom Thurmond 18%
Todd Tiahrt 9%
John Tierney 91%
Robert Torricelli 91%
Ed Towns 100%
James Traficant, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
James Turner 82%
Mark Udall 91%
George Voinovich 9%
James Walsh 18%
Zach Wamp 18%
John Warner 45%
Wesley Watkins 18%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 18%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 91%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 18%
Gerald Weller 18%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 82%
Heather Wilson 27%
Frank Wolf 18%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 91%
Albert Wynn 73%
Bill Young 18%

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