Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2006 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 10%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 20%
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 40%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 30%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 30%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 80%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 30%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 10%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 10%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 100%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 90%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 90%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 80%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 90%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 80%
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 90%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 100%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 20%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 30%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 90%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 20%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman 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 10%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 80%
CA U.S. House-45 John Campbell III R 10%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 20%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 90%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 90%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 70%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 80%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 90%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 60%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 10%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 20%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 90%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 20%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 90%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 20%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 20%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 10%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 0%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 0%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 20%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 90%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 20%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 90%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 10%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 20%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 60%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 90%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 20%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 80%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 10%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 100%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 20%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 20%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 30%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 30%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 90%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 20%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 100%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 20%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 10%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 30%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 0%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 0%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 30%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 40%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 80%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 0%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 30%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 40%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 90%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 100%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 90%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 100%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 80%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 60%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 90%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 30%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 30%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 30%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 100%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 20%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 100%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 80%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 30%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 70%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 20%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 80%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 30%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 10%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
NA President Barack Obama II D 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 100%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 10%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 100%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 70%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 20%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 20%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 60%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 20%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 30%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 20%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 90%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 30%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 50%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 20%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 20%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 20%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 80%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 40%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 100%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 100%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 90%
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 90%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 80%
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 100%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 80%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 20%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 30%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 20%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 90%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 10%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 20%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 20%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 30%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 80%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 80%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 60%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 30%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 90%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 90%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 30%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 10%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 40%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 90%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 20%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 100%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 90%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 10%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 10%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 10%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 90%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 20%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 0%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 20%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 30%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 10%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 20%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 10%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 40%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 30%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 30%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 30%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 20%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 20%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 30%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 90%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 90%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 10%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 30%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 30%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 30%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 60%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 10%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 20%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 80%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 10%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 20%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 50%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 20%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 20%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 20%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 90%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 20%
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 90%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 90%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 20%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 20%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 40%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 90%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 90%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 20%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 90%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 100%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 20%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 10%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 60%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 40%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 80%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 0%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
J. Gresham Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Max Baucus 70%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 0%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
Henry Brown, Jr. 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 90%
Chris Cannon 10%
Dennis Cardoza 70%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 40%
Ben Chandler III 70%
Hillary Clinton 90%
Norm Coleman 50%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jerry Costello 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
Barbara Cubin 20%
Artur Davis 100%
Geoff Davis 30%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Lincoln Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 30%
Bill Delahunt 80%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Norm Dicks 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
John Doolittle 20%
Byron Dorgan 100%
Thelma Drake 30%
David Dreier 30%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 10%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Terry Everett 20%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 30%
Bob Filner 90%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Barney Frank 90%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Wayne Gilchrest 30%
Paul Gillmor 30%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 30%
Bart Gordon 60%
Judd Gregg 0%
Jane Harman 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 30%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 70%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 30%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 90%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Kenny Hulshof 30%
Duncan Hunter 10%
Kay Hutchison 10%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 30%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 60%
Tim Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Ric Keller 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 70%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 20%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John Kuhl, Jr. 40%
Jon Kyl 0%
Ray LaHood 20%
Tom Lantos 100%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Jerry Lewis 30%
Ron Lewis 30%
Joe Lieberman 90%
Blanche Lincoln 70%
John Linder 20%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 20%
Dan Lungren 20%
Connie Mack IV 30%
Don Manzullo 10%
Jim Marshall 60%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 10%
John McHugh 60%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 60%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Brad Miller 100%
Alan Mollohan 80%
Dennis Moore 90%
Jack Murtha 100%
Marilyn Musgrave 30%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 60%
Jim Oberstar 90%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Ron Paul 50%
Donald Payne 70%
John Peterson 20%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 30%
Todd Platts 40%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
Jon Porter, Sr. 30%
Deborah Pryce 30%
George Radanovich 10%
James Ramstad 60%
Ralph Regula 20%
Denny Rehberg 20%
Richard Renzi 40%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Thomas Reynolds 30%
Mike Ross 70%
Steve Rothman 100%
Ken Salazar 90%
Jim Saxton 30%
Jean Schmidt 20%
John Shadegg 0%
Christopher Shays 20%
Ike Skelton 90%
Gordon Smith 10%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Vic Snyder 90%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 10%
Arlen Specter 30%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 80%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 10%
Bart Stupak 90%
John Sullivan 20%
John Sununu 0%
Tom Tancredo 20%
John Tanner 60%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 90%
Craig Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 40%
Ed Towns 90%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
George Voinovich 60%
James Walsh 40%
Zach Wamp 10%
John Warner 20%
Diane Watson 90%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 20%
Gerald Weller 30%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 60%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 90%
Albert Wynn 80%
Bill Young 20%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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