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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 9%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 9%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 9%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 18%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 9%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 73%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 9%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
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 91%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney 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 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 82%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 82%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 9%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 9%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 73%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 9%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 9%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 27%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 9%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 73%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 9%
Thomas Allen 82%
Rob Andrews 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
Spencer Bachus 9%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 27%
Brian Baird 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
Charlie Bass 9%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 73%
Joe Biden, Jr. 100%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%

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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