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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 63%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 63%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 44%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 38%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
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 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 63%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 38%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 38%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 63%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 63%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 63%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 63%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 63%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 63%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 50%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 75%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 63%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 63%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 63%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 44%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 75%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 22%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 63%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 63%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 33%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 25%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 63%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 63%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 63%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 56%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 63%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 25%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 11%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 44%
Gary Ackerman 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 22%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 63%
John Ashcroft 11%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
Cass Ballenger 50%
James Barcia 88%
Bob Barr, Jr. 25%
Bill Barrett 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 50%
Max Baucus 89%
Bob Bennett 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 88%
Brian Bilbray 63%
Michael Bilirakis 38%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 75%
Kit Bond 56%
Henry Bonilla 63%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 75%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
John Breaux 100%

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.

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