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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 30%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 30%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 30%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 70%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 70%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 70%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
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%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 70%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 20%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 30%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 60%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 33%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 30%
Wayne Allard 30%
Thomas Allen 100%
Jason Altmire 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 70%
Bob Bennett 50%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 90%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 50%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 90%
Nancy Boyda 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 50%
Jim Bunning 30%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 90%
Chris Cannon 20%
Eric Cantor 20%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 100%
Mike Castle 70%
Ben Chandler III 100%
Hillary Clinton 70%
Norm Coleman 80%
Kent Conrad 90%
Jerry Costello 100%
Larry Craig 50%
Robert Cramer 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Artur Davis 100%
David Davis 20%
Geoff Davis 30%
Lincoln Davis 90%
Thomas Davis III 30%
Bill Delahunt 90%
James DeMint 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 80%
Chris Dodd 60%
Elizabeth Dole 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 60%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Thelma Drake 20%
David Dreier 20%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 70%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 40%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Terry Everett 30%
Tom Feeney 20%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 80%
Bob Filner 100%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Gabrielle Giffords 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 30%
John Hall 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 90%
Robert Hayes 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100%
Baron Hill 60%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
David Lee Hobson 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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