Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2009-2010 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 56%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 22%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 22%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 0%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 33%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 89%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 90%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 100%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 100%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 22%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 22%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 22%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 40%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 11%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 10%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 11%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 22%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr Bill Cassidy R 30%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 67%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Gary Peters D 100%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 100%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken DFL 100%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 78%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 10%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 33%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 33%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 89%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 22%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 100%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 89%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 100%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 89%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 20%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 11%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 100%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 89%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 100%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 11%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 22%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 33%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 33%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 22%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 22%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 89%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 33%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 22%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 50%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 30%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 10%
AZ U.S. House-1 Ann Kirkpatrick D 90%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 80%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 0%
CA U.S. House-3 John Garamendi D 100%
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 0%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 100%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 90%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 90%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 100%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 100%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 10%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 20%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
CA U.S. House-27 Judy Chu D 100%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 90%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 90%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 10%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 90%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 10%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 0%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 10%
CA U.S. House-50 Duncan Hunter R 0%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House-2 Jared Polis D 100%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House-6 Michael Coffman R 0%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 90%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 90%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 90%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
CT U.S. House-4 Jim Himes D 100%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 0%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 30%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 100%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 10%
FL U.S. House-8 Bill Posey R 10%
FL U.S. House-9 Alan Grayson D 100%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 30%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 100%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 60%
FL U.S. House-17 Tom Rooney R 20%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 30%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 90%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 0%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 80%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 0%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 100%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 90%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 40%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 90%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 70%
IL U.S. House-5 Mike Quigley D 100%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 20%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 90%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 30%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 100%
KS U.S. House-2 Lynn Jenkins R 0%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 30%
KY U.S. House-2 Brett Guthrie R 20%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 90%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 20%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 10%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 10%
LA U.S. House-4 John Fleming, Jr. R 10%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 90%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 90%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 100%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 100%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
ME U.S. House-1 Chellie Pingree D 100%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 50%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 90%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 50%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 80%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 100%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 0%
MN U.S. House-3 Erik Paulsen R 30%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 100%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 70%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 20%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 20%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
MS U.S. House-3 Gregg Harper R 20%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 100%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 20%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 10%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 20%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 0%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 50%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 60%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 10%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-7 Leonard Lance R 50%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 70%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 40%
NM U.S. House-3 Ben Lujan, Jr. D 90%
NV U.S. House-1 Dina Titus D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 80%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 90%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 90%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 100%
NY U.S. House-20 Paul Tonko D 100%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 100%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 0%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 0%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 0%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 50%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 100%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 30%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 100%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 0%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 30%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 90%
OR U.S. House-5 Kurt Schrader D 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. R 40%
PA U.S. House-8 Mike Fitzpatrick R 100%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 10%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 100%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 40%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 0%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 40%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 100%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 10%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 90%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 20%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 10%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 100%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 10%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 100%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 0%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 0%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 10%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 10%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 20%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 10%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 0%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 80%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 0%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 10%
TX U.S. House-22 Pete Olson R 0%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 0%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 10%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 100%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 90%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 0%
UT U.S. House-3 Jason Chaffetz R 0%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 20%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 10%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 0%
VA U.S. House-11 Gerry Connolly D 90%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 100%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 100%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 20%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 50%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 100%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 10%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 100%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 90%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 10%
WY U.S. House-At-Large Cynthia Lummis R 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 0%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 11%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 10%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 100%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 30%
Neil Abercrombie 80%
Gary Ackerman 100%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 10%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Steve Austria 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 10%
Brian Baird 80%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Max Baucus 89%
Evan Bayh 78%
Melissa Bean 80%
Mark Begich 89%
Bob Bennett 22%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 40%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boccieri 90%
Kit Bond 22%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 90%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
Bruce Braley 90%
Bobby Bright 30%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
Jim Bunning 11%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 56%
Dave Camp 30%
John Campbell III 10%
Eric Cantor 10%
Joseph Cao 60%
Dennis Cardoza 90%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 80%
Mike Castle 50%
Saxby Chambliss 22%
Ben Chandler III 90%
Travis Childers 70%
Howard Coble 10%
Thomas Coburn 11%
Kent Conrad 89%
Jerry Costello 100%
Kathy Dahlkemper 100%
Artur Davis 90%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 80%
Bill Delahunt 90%
James DeMint 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 78%
David Dreier 20%
Steve Driehaus 100%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Brad Ellsworth 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
John Ensign 11%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Russ Feingold 89%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 90%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Jim Gerlach 30%
Gabrielle Giffords 100%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Bart Gordon 90%
Judd Gregg 33%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
Kay Hagan 78%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 10%
Debbie Halvorson 100%
Phil Hare 90%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Doc Hastings 10%
Wally Herger, Jr. 10%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 70%
Baron Hill 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 90%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 90%
Rush Holt, Jr. 90%
Kay Hutchison 56%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 10%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
Mike Johanns 33%
Tim Johnson 40%
Timothy Johnson 89%
Steve Kagen 90%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Ted Kaufman 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 29%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Mary Jo Kilroy 100%
Jack Kingston 10%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 100%
Larry Kissell 70%
Ron Klein 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Suzanne Kosmas 90%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 80%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Jon Kyl 11%
Mary Landrieu 89%
Tom Latham 20%
Steve LaTourette 40%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Chris Lee 40%
George LeMieux 50%
Carl Levin 100%
Jerry Lewis 10%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 89%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 56%
Dan Lungren 10%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Dan Maffei 100%
Don Manzullo 20%
Betsy Markey 70%
Jim Marshall 70%
Melquiades Martinez 43%
Eric Massa 90%
Jim Matheson 70%
Carolyn McCarthy 100%
Thaddeus McCotter 30%
John McHugh 50%
Mike McIntyre 70%
Buck McKeon 40%
Michael McMahon 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 80%
Mike Michaud 100%
Gary Miller 11%
George Miller 100%
Brad Miller 100%
Walt Minnick 60%
Harry Mitchell 90%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 70%
Scott Murphy 67%
Jack Murtha 100%
Sue Myrick 10%
Ben Nelson 78%
Glenn Nye III 70%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Bill Owens 100%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Perriello 60%
Tom Petri 40%
Todd Platts 60%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
Mark Pryor 89%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 100%
Denny Rehberg 40%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 89%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Rogers 10%
Mike Ross 80%
Steve Rothman 100%
John Salazar 90%
Mark Schauer 100%
Jean Schmidt 10%
Aaron Schock 20%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 0%
Carol Shea-Porter 90%
Heath Shuler 70%
Ike Skelton 90%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 90%
Hilda Solis 75%
Mark Souder 20%
Zack Space 90%
Arlen Specter 78%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 70%
Cliff Stearns 10%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 0%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 80%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 60%
Harry Teague 70%
Lee Terry 30%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 90%
Ed Towns 100%
Mark Udall 89%
George Voinovich 33%
Zach Wamp 20%
Diane Watson 90%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 89%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100%
Frank Wolf 30%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 80%
Bill Young 40%

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