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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 40%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 40%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 90%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 50%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 90%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 40%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 30%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 70%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 30%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 30%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 40%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 40%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 33%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 30%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 10%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 40%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 20%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 70%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 40%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 10%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 30%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 20%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%

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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