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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
William Jefferson 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 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 Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Rob Andrews 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 91%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
Robert Byrd 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
Julia Carson 91%
Edward Case 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
Artur Davis 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
James Davis 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
Norm Dicks 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 91%
Byron Dorgan 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Lane Evans 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
Darlene Hooley 91%
Daniel Inouye 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 91%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 91%
Dennis Moore 91%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 91%
Jack Murtha 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
Ben Nelson 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 91%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 91%
Silvestre Reyes 91%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 91%
Martin Olav Sabo 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
Vic Snyder 91%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Ted Strickland 91%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 91%
Albert Wynn 91%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
Thomas Allen 82%
Brian Baird 82%
Rick Boucher 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 82%
Jerry Costello 82%
Lincoln Davis 82%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
Jane Harman 82%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 82%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
Alan Mollohan 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
Mike Ross 82%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 82%
Bart Stupak 82%
John Tanner 82%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%

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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