Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1998 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
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%
Spencer Bachus 38%
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%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 63%
Jim Bunning 63%
Conrad Burns 44%
Dan Burton 63%
Steve Buyer 63%
Robert Byrd 89%
Herbert Callahan 63%
Dave Camp 63%
Ben Campbell 67%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 63%
Chris Cannon 50%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 67%
Saxby Chambliss 63%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 63%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 100%
Howard Coble 25%
Thomas Coburn 25%
Michael Collins 25%
Larry Combest 63%
Gary Condit 88%
Kent Conrad 100%
Merrill Cook 38%
John Cooksey 63%
Jerry Costello 75%
Paul Coverdell 44%
Christopher Cox 63%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 33%
Robert Cramer 88%
Philip Crane 25%
Barbara Cubin 63%
Randall Cunningham 63%
Patsy Ann Danner 63%
Thomas Daschle 100%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 38%
Peter Deutsch 88%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jay Dickey 75%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 63%
Julian Dixon 88%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 44%
Calvin Dooley 100%
John Doolittle 25%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 50%
Jennifer Dunn 63%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 63%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
Philip English 75%
Bob Etheridge 88%
Lane Evans 75%
Terry Everett 63%
Thomas Ewing 63%
Russ Feingold 78%
Bob Filner 75%
Mark Foley 63%
Michael Patrick Forbes 75%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63%
Tillie Fowler 63%
Barney Frank 88%
Robert Franks 75%
William Frist 22%
Jonas Frost III 88%
Elton Gallegly 63%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 88%
George Gekas 63%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 75%
Jim Gibbons 63%
Wayne Gilchrest 75%
Paul Gillmor 75%
Benjamin Gilman 100%
Newt Gingrich 13%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 38%
William Goodling 63%
Bart Gordon 88%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 38%
Daniel Graham 89%
William Phillip Gramm 11%
Rodney Grams 11%
James Greenwood 63%
Judd Gregg 22%
Gilbert Gutknecht 63%
Charles Hagel 22%
Ralph Hall 88%
Tony Hall 100%
James Hansen 38%
Tom Harkin 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 63%
Doc Hastings 63%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 63%
Joel Hefley 38%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 50%
Rick Hill 63%
Van Hilleary 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 88%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 63%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
Thomas Holden 63%
Ernest Hollings 78%
Darlene Hooley 75%
Stephen Horn 63%
John Nathan Hostettler 38%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 75%
Kenny Hulshof 75%
Duncan Hunter 50%
Asa Hutchinson 75%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 22%
Kay Hutchison 56%
Henry Hyde 50%
Daniel Inouye 89%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 25%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 63%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
William Lewis Jenkins 63%
Christopher John 63%
Nancy Johnson 75%
Timothy Johnson 100%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
Sue Kelly 75%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Bob Kerrey 89%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50%
Jack Kingston 63%
Gerald Kleczka 88%
Ronald Klink 50%
Joseph Knollenberg 63%
Herb Kohl 89%
James Kolbe 63%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
Jon Kyl 11%
John LaFalce 88%
Ray LaHood 50%
Nicholas Lampson 100%
Mary Landrieu 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Stephen Largent 38%
Tom Latham 63%
Steve LaTourette 75%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Rick Lazio 75%
James Leach 88%
Carl Levin 89%
Jerry Lewis 63%
Ron Lewis 63%
Joe Lieberman 100%
John Linder 63%
William Lipinski 75%
Robert Livingston 63%
Trent Lott, Sr. 22%
Dick Lugar 11%
William Luther 75%
Connie Mack 22%
James Maloney 63%
Don Manzullo 25%
Matthew Martinez 75%
Frank Mascara 88%
Robert Matsui 100%
Carolyn McCarthy 88%
Karen McCarthy 75%
Bill McCollum 63%
James McCrery III 63%
John McHugh 88%
CO Commissioner-2 Scott McInnis 63%
David McIntosh 38%
Mike McIntyre 75%
Buck McKeon 63%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 88%
Martin Meehan 88%
Carrie Meek 88%
Jack Metcalf 63%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 63%
Dan Miller 25%
George Miller 88%
David Minge 75%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Moakley 63%
Alan Mollohan 75%
Jim Moran, Jr. 88%
Constance Morella 100%
Patrick Moynihan 89%
Frank Murkowski 33%
Jack Murtha 88%
Sue Myrick 50%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 63%
Robert William Ney 63%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 63%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 50%
James Nussle 75%
Jim Oberstar 88%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 75%
Major Owens 75%
Michael Oxley 63%
Ronald Packard 63%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 88%
Edward Pease 75%
John Peterson 63%
Tom Petri 50%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 50%
Owen Pickett 100%
Richard Pombo 63%
Earl Pomeroy 75%
John Edward Porter 63%
Deborah Pryce 25%
Jack Quinn 75%
George Radanovich 50%
Nick Rahall II 100%
James Ramstad 88%
Ralph Regula 63%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
Bob Riley 63%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
Charles Robb 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Timothy Roemer 88%
James Rogan 63%
William Roth, Jr. 44%
Steve Rothman 75%
Marge Roukema 38%
Jim Ryun 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 100%
Rick Santorum 22%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 38%
Joe Scarborough 25%
Robert Schaffer 50%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 75%
Christopher Shays 63%
E.G. Shuster 63%
Norman Sisisky 100%
Joseph Skeen 75%
Ike Skelton 100%
Gordon Smith 44%
Nick Smith 50%
Bob Smith 11%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 88%
Mark Souder 75%
Arlen Specter 78%
Floyd Spence 63%
John Spratt, Jr. 75%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 25%
Charles Stenholm 100%
Ted Stevens 56%
Ted Strickland 88%
Bob Stump 25%
Bart Stupak 63%
John Sununu 50%
James Talent 50%
John Tanner 75%
Ellen Tauscher 88%
William Tauzin 50%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Craig Thomas 22%
William Thomas 50%
Fred Thompson 22%
Karen Thurman 75%
Strom Thurmond 22%
Todd Tiahrt 38%
John Tierney 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 63%
James Traficant, Jr. 88%
James Turner 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
James Walsh 63%
Zach Wamp 50%
John Warner 67%
Wesley Watkins 63%
Mel Watt 88%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 63%
Henry Waxman 88%
David Weldon 38%
W. Curtis Weldon 63%
Gerald Weller 75%
Paul Wellstone 89%
Robert Wexler 75%
Bob Weygand 100%
Heather Wilson 60%
Bob Wise, Jr. 88%
Frank Wolf 50%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Bill Young 50%
ME Councilor-At-Large Joseph Baldacci D 100%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 75%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 100%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 75%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 88%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 88%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 100%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 88%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 88%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 88%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 88%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 75%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 88%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 75%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 88%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 88%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 88%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 75%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 100%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 88%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 83%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 88%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 50%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 75%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 75%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 75%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 88%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 75%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 89%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 88%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 88%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 88%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 88%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 88%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 75%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 89%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 75%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 88%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 100%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 75%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 75%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 88%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 88%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 88%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 88%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 88%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 63%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 38%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 50%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 63%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 38%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 22%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 38%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 75%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 38%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 44%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 56%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 33%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 11%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 50%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 50%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 50%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 63%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 56%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 38%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 50%
OH Governor John Kasich R 63%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 88%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 63%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 44%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 33%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 63%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 63%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 22%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 75%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 38%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 38%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 25%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 38%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 25%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 25%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 33%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 63%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 75%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 75%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 63%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 63%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 63%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 75%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 63%

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