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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%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Richard Bryan 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Calvin Dooley 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Benjamin Gilman 100%
Tony Hall 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Nicholas Lampson 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
Constance Morella 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Owen Pickett 100%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Charles Robb 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
Norman Sisisky 100%
Ike Skelton 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Charles Stenholm 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
James Turner 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
Bob Weygand 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Max Baucus 89%
Robert Byrd 89%
Daniel Graham 89%
Daniel Inouye 89%
Bob Kerrey 89%
Herb Kohl 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
Patrick Moynihan 89%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
Paul Wellstone 89%
Rob Andrews 88%
James Barcia 88%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Marion Berry 88%
Leonard Boswell 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 88%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 88%
Gary Condit 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
Robert Cramer 88%
Thomas Davis III 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Peter Deutsch 88%
Julian Dixon 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Barney Frank 88%
Jonas Frost III 88%
Sam Gejdenson 88%
Bart Gordon 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
Gerald Kleczka 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
John LaFalce 88%
James Leach 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 88%
Frank Mascara 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
John McHugh 88%
Michael McNulty 88%
Martin Meehan 88%
Carrie Meek 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
Jack Murtha 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
Jim Oberstar 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
Donald Payne 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
James Ramstad 88%
Timothy Roemer 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
Vic Snyder 88%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
Pete Stark 88%
Ted Strickland 88%
Ellen Tauscher 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
James Traficant, Jr. 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
Mel Watt 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
Bob Wise, Jr. 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
Russ Feingold 78%
Ernest Hollings 78%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
Arlen Specter 78%
Gary Ackerman 75%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
Sherwood Boehlert 75%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Rick Boucher 75%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 75%
Thomas Campbell 75%
Jerry Costello 75%
Jay Dickey 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 75%
Lane Evans 75%

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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