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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 44%
Gary Ackerman 75%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 63%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 22%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 63%
John Ashcroft 11%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 50%
James Barcia 88%
Bob Barr, Jr. 25%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
Bill Barrett 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 50%
Max Baucus 89%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Brian Bilbray 63%
Michael Bilirakis 38%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 75%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 63%
Kit Bond 56%
Henry Bonilla 63%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 75%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 22%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 63%
Jim Bunning 63%
Conrad Burns 44%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
Dan Burton 63%
Steve Buyer 63%
Robert Byrd 89%
Herbert Callahan 63%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 63%
Ben Campbell 67%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 63%
Chris Cannon 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 38%
John Chafee 67%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 63%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 63%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 44%
Michael Collins 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
Larry Combest 63%
Gary Condit 88%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
Barbara Cubin 63%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 63%
Patsy Ann Danner 63%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Thomas DeLay 38%
Peter Deutsch 88%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jay Dickey 75%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 63%
Julian Dixon 88%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 44%
Calvin Dooley 100%
John Doolittle 25%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 88%
David Dreier 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
Jennifer Dunn 63%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 63%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 75%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 88%
Lane Evans 75%
Terry Everett 63%
Thomas Ewing 63%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 78%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
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%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
William Goodling 63%
Bart Gordon 88%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 38%
Daniel Graham 89%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
William Phillip Gramm 11%
Rodney Grams 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
James Greenwood 63%
Judd Gregg 22%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
Gilbert Gutknecht 63%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
Tony Hall 100%
James Hansen 38%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 63%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 63%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 56%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 63%

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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