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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Dave Obey 91%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 91%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 73%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ed Pastor 91%
Ron Paul 55%
Donald Payne 73%
John Peterson 0%
Tom Petri 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 9%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
Mark Pryor 100%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 73%
James Ramstad 27%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 0%
Silvestre Reyes 91%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Mike Rogers 0%
Mike Ross 82%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 91%
Rick Santorum 9%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 0%
Christopher Shays 18%
Donald Sherwood 0%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 9%
Ike Skelton 73%
Gordon Smith 18%
Olympia Snowe 64%
Vic Snyder 91%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 27%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 9%
Ted Strickland 91%
Bart Stupak 82%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 9%
John Sweeney 0%
James Talent 9%
Tom Tancredo 9%
John Tanner 82%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 64%
Lee Terry 0%
Craig Thomas 9%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
Mark Udall 100%
George Voinovich 18%
James Walsh 9%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 18%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 91%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 18%
Frank Wolf 0%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 82%
Albert Wynn 91%
Bill Young 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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