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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 30%
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 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 30%
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%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 33%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
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%
Michele Bachmann 20%
Spencer Bachus 30%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 70%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
John Barrow 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 70%
Bob Bennett 50%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 90%
Joe Biden, Jr. 50%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boehner 20%
Kit Bond 50%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 10%
Barbara Boxer 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 90%
Nancy Boyda 100%
Bruce Braley 100%
Paul Broun 0%
Corrine Brown 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 50%
Jim Bunning 30%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 90%
Dave Camp 30%
John Campbell III 10%
Chris Cannon 20%
Eric Cantor 20%
Lois Capps 100%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 100%
Mike Castle 70%
Saxby Chambliss 40%
Ben Chandler III 100%
Hillary Clinton 70%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 20%
Norm Coleman 80%
Kent Conrad 90%
Jerry Costello 100%
Larry Craig 50%
Robert Cramer 100%
Ander Crenshaw 30%
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%
John Dingell 100%
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%
Sam Farr 100%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
Tom Feeney 20%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 80%
Bob Filner 100%
Randy Forbes 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Scott Garrett 10%
Jim Gerlach 70%
Gabrielle Giffords 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Phil Gingrey 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 30%
Charles Hagel 40%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 20%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 90%
Doc Hastings 20%
Robert Hayes 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100%
Baron Hill 60%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 90%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 90%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Mike Honda 100%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 20%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 20%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Steve Israel 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 100%
Tim Johnson 50%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Richard Keller 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
John Kerry 90%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 20%
Mark Kirk 70%
Ron Klein 100%
John Kline 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 30%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 70%
John Kuhl, Jr. 40%
Jon Kyl 30%
Ray LaHood 70%
Nicholas Lampson 90%
Mary Landrieu 80%
Tom Latham 40%
Steve LaTourette 60%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Carl Levin 100%
Jerry Lewis 20%
Ron Lewis 20%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 80%
John Linder 20%
Dick Lugar 80%

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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