Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 100%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 100%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
William Jefferson 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 100%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 100%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 100%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 100%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 100%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 100%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Rob Andrews 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 91%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 91%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 91%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 91%
Robert Byrd 91%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 91%
Julia Carson 91%
Edward Case 91%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 91%
Artur Davis 91%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 91%
James Davis 91%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 91%
Norm Dicks 91%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 91%
Byron Dorgan 91%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 91%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Lane Evans 91%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 91%
Darlene Hooley 91%
Daniel Inouye 91%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 91%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 91%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 91%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 91%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 91%
Dennis Moore 91%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 91%
Jack Murtha 91%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 91%
Ben Nelson 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 91%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 91%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 91%
Silvestre Reyes 91%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 91%
Martin Olav Sabo 91%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 91%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 91%
Vic Snyder 91%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Ted Strickland 91%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 91%
Albert Wynn 91%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 82%
Thomas Allen 82%
Brian Baird 82%
Rick Boucher 82%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 82%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 82%
Jerry Costello 82%
Lincoln Davis 82%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 82%
Jane Harman 82%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 82%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 82%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 82%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 82%
Alan Mollohan 82%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 82%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 82%
Mike Ross 82%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 82%
Bart Stupak 82%
John Tanner 82%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 82%
David Wu 82%
Rodney Alexander 73%
Marion Berry 73%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 73%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
Bart Gordon 73%
Thomas Holden 73%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 73%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 73%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 73%
Major Owens 73%
Donald Payne 73%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 73%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 73%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 73%
Ike Skelton 73%
Chet Edwards 64%
Jim Marshall 64%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 64%
Olympia Snowe 64%
Gene Taylor 64%
Ron Paul 55%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 45%
Robert Cramer 45%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 45%
James Leach 45%
Mike Castle 36%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 36%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 36%
Joe Lieberman 36%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 36%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 27%
John Nathan Hostettler 27%
Kay Hutchison 27%
Nancy Johnson 27%
Tim Johnson 27%
James Ramstad 27%
Arlen Specter 27%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 18%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
Kit Bond 18%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 18%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 18%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 18%
Norm Coleman 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 18%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 18%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 18%
Joel Hefley 18%
Dick Lugar 18%
John McHugh 18%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 18%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 18%
Christopher Shays 18%
Gordon Smith 18%
George Voinovich 18%
John Warner 18%
Heather Wilson 18%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 9%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 9%
Charlie Bass 9%
Bob Bennett 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 9%
Jim Bunning 9%
Conrad Burns 9%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 9%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 9%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 9%
Larry Craig 9%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 9%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
Elizabeth Dole 9%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 9%
Philip English 9%
John Ensign 9%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 9%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 9%
William Frist 9%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 9%
Paul Gillmor 9%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 9%
Mark Green 9%
Judd Gregg 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 9%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 9%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 9%
Jon Kyl 9%
Ray LaHood 9%
Steve LaTourette 9%
Ron Lewis 9%
Trent Lott, Sr. 9%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 9%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 9%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 9%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 9%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 9%
James Nussle 9%
Todd Platts 9%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 9%
Rick Santorum 9%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 9%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 9%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 9%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 9%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 9%
Ted Stevens 9%
John Sununu 9%
James Talent 9%
Tom Tancredo 9%
Craig Thomas 9%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 9%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 9%
James Walsh 9%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
Todd Akin 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 0%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 0%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 0%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 0%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 0%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 0%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 0%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 0%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 0%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Davis III 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 0%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 0%
John Doolittle 0%
David Dreier 0%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 0%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 0%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 0%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Katherine Harris 0%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Henry Hyde 0%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 0%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 0%
Mark Kennedy 0%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 0%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 0%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 0%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
James Kolbe 0%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 0%
Jerry Lewis 0%
John Linder 0%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 0%
James McCrery III 0%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 0%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 0%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 0%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 0%
Marilyn Musgrave 0%
Sue Myrick 0%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 0%
Robert William Ney 0%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 0%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 0%
Michael Oxley 0%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 0%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
John Peterson 0%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 0%
Richard Pombo 0%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 0%
George Radanovich 0%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 0%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 0%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 0%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 0%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 0%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 0%
Jim Ryun 0%
Jim Saxton 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 0%
Donald Sherwood 0%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 0%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 0%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 0%
Mark Souder 0%
Cliff Stearns 0%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sweeney 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 0%
William Thomas 0%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 0%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 0%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 0%
Zach Wamp 0%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 0%
Bill Young 0%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 0%

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