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Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 80%
Gary Ackerman 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 30%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 10%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Spencer Bachus 30%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 30%
John Barrow 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 40%
Max Baucus 70%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 0%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
Tim Bishop 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 30%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 30%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
Henry Brown, Jr. 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 20%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
Dave Camp 30%
John Campbell III 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
Eric Cantor 20%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 70%
Russ Carnahan 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 70%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
Howard Coble 20%
Thomas Coburn 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
Norm Coleman 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 20%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 90%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 30%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Geoff Davis 30%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Lincoln Davis 60%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
Thomas Davis III 30%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 30%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 20%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
John Doolittle 20%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 90%
Thelma Drake 30%
David Dreier 30%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 30%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Terry Everett 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Michael Ferguson 30%
Bob Filner 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 30%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 20%
Barney Frank 90%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
Elton Gallegly 20%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 20%
Jim Gerlach 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 30%
Paul Gillmor 30%
Phil Gingrey 20%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 30%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
Bart Gordon 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
Judd Gregg 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
Charles Hagel 10%
Ralph Hall 20%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Doc Hastings 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
Robert Hayes 30%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 10%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 70%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90%
David Lee Hobson 30%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 90%

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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