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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 18%
Rodney Alexander 73%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 9%
Thomas Allen 82%
Rob Andrews 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 9%
Brian Baird 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 9%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 73%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 9%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 18%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 9%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Conrad Burns 9%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 91%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 91%
Mike Castle 36%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 36%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 9%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 18%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 82%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9%
Jon Corzine 100%
Jerry Costello 82%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 9%
Robert Cramer 45%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Artur Davis 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
James Davis 91%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 27%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 91%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Dole 9%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 91%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 9%
John Ensign 9%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Lane Evans 91%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 9%
William Frist 9%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 9%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 73%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
Mark Green 9%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
Judd Gregg 9%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 45%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 82%
Katherine Harris 0%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 9%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 18%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%

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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