Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2005 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 11%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 0%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 0%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 0%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 22%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 11%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 11%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 89%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 89%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 56%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 100%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 89%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 0%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 89%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 89%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 89%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 0%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 56%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 78%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 89%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 89%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 0%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 0%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 89%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 0%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 89%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 89%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 0%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 0%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 0%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 0%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 67%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 0%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 89%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 0%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 56%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 11%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 22%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 89%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 89%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 0%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 78%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 89%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 11%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 11%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 11%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 11%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 0%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 0%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 0%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 11%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 0%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 89%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 89%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 89%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 89%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 78%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 89%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 89%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 44%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 11%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 100%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 0%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 0%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 44%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 100%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 0%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 78%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
NA President Barack Obama II D 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 11%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 100%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 0%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 89%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 44%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 11%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 0%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 22%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 100%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 11%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 22%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 11%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 89%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 11%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 0%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 78%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 11%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 78%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 89%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 100%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 89%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 78%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 0%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 0%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 89%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 0%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 78%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 0%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 0%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 78%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-8 Mike Fitzpatrick R 11%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 0%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 89%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 0%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 11%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 11%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 89%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 11%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 89%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 0%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 0%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 11%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 78%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 0%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 0%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 0%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 0%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 11%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 0%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 0%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 0%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 0%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 0%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 78%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 89%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 0%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 0%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 0%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 0%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 56%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 78%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 89%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 0%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 11%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 0%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 0%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 89%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 89%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 0%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 11%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 0%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 78%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 100%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 0%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 11%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 0%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Brian Baird 89%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 22%
Roscoe Bartlett 11%
Charlie Bass 11%
Max Baucus 56%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 56%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 78%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 67%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 11%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 89%
Sherwood Boehlert 33%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 44%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 78%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 78%
Dave Camp 0%
John Campbell III 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 56%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Edward Case 67%
Mike Castle 33%
Linc Chafee 89%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 56%
Chris Chocola 0%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Norm Coleman 33%
Kent Conrad 67%
Jerry Costello 67%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 44%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Artur Davis 78%
Geoff Davis 0%
James Davis 89%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 33%
Thomas Davis III 11%
Bill Delahunt 89%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 89%
Chris Dodd 100%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 22%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 78%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 11%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 89%
Lane Evans 89%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 11%
Bob Filner 78%
Mark Foley 11%
Harold Ford, Jr. 56%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
Barney Frank 100%
William Frist 11%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Jim Gerlach 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 11%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
Bart Gordon 44%
Mark Green 22%
Judd Gregg 11%
Gilbert Gutknecht 22%
Ralph Hall 0%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 67%
Katherine Harris 11%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 78%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 78%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Darlene Hooley 78%
John Nathan Hostettler 11%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 11%
Henry Hyde 11%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 11%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 67%
James Merrill Jeffords 89%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Nancy Johnson 44%
Tim Johnson 33%
Timothy Johnson 78%
Paul Kanjorski 78%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 22%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Mark Kennedy 11%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 89%
James Kolbe 0%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John Kuhl, Jr. 11%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 0%
Mary Landrieu 78%
Tom Lantos 89%
Tom Latham 0%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
James Leach 78%
Carl Levin 100%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 89%
Blanche Lincoln 67%
John Linder 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 11%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 11%
Jim Marshall 44%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Jim Matheson 56%
Carolyn McCarthy 78%
Thaddeus McCotter 0%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 22%
Mike McIntyre 33%
Buck McKeon 0%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 78%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 56%
Mike Michaud 89%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 89%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 100%
Brad Miller 89%
Alan Mollohan 78%
Dennis Moore 78%
Jim Moran, Jr. 89%
Jack Murtha 78%
Marilyn Musgrave 0%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 67%
Robert William Ney 11%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 89%
Dave Obey 89%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 67%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 0%
Tom Petri 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 0%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 78%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
Mark Pryor 67%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 78%
James Ramstad 33%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 11%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 78%
Mike Rogers 0%
Mike Ross 56%
Steve Rothman 89%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Ken Salazar 67%
Rick Santorum 11%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 11%
Jean Schmidt 0%
Allyson Schwartz 78%
John Schwarz 11%
José Serrano 100%
John Shadegg 11%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 0%
Christopher Shays 44%
Donald Sherwood 22%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 33%
Ike Skelton 56%
Gordon Smith 33%
Olympia Snowe 44%
Vic Snyder 100%
Mike Sodrel 0%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 22%
John Spratt, Jr. 89%
Pete Stark 89%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 11%
Ted Strickland 78%
Bart Stupak 78%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 11%
John Sweeney 11%
James Talent 0%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 78%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 56%
Lee Terry 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 78%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
Mark Udall 100%
George Voinovich 33%
James Walsh 0%
Zach Wamp 11%
John Warner 11%
Diane Watson 89%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 33%
Frank Wolf 11%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 78%
Albert Wynn 78%
Bill Young 11%

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