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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 18%
James Barcia 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 9%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 9%
Charlie Bass 18%
Max Baucus 64%
Evan Bayh 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 73%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
Judy Biggert 18%
Michael Bilirakis 18%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 18%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 91%
John Breaux 64%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
Ed Bryant 9%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
Dan Burton 9%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 91%
Herbert Callahan 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 9%
Ben Campbell 36%
Chris Cannon 9%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 82%
Jean Carnahan 91%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
Brad Carson 73%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 9%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 73%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 91%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 82%
Robert Clement 55%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 9%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 27%
Michael Collins 18%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Larry Combest 9%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 9%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
Randall Cunningham 18%
Thomas Daschle 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 91%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
Thomas Davis III 18%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
Bill Delahunt 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 9%
James DeMint 9%
Peter Deutsch 82%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 36%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 18%
Norm Dicks 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 91%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
John Edwards 91%
Chet Edwards 82%
Vern Ehlers 18%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 27%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 18%
John Ensign 27%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Lane Evans 91%
Terry Everett 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
Ernest Fletcher 18%
Mark Foley 9%
Harold Ford, Jr. 91%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 27%
Barney Frank 91%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 18%
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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 45%
Porter Goss 18%
Daniel Graham 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
William Phillip Gramm 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 27%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
Mark Green 18%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
James Greenwood 18%
Judd Gregg 18%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 18%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 36%

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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