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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33%
Rodney Alexander 10%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Steve Austria 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
Brian Baird 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 22%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Max Baucus 89%
Evan Bayh 78%
Melissa Bean 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 89%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 89%
Bob Bennett 22%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 40%
Brian Bilbray 20%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 30%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
John Boccieri 90%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 22%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 90%
Rick Boucher 80%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 90%
Bobby Bright 30%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 11%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
Jim Bunning 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 22%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 10%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 56%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 10%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
Joseph Cao 60%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 90%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 80%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 89%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 30%
Mike Castle 50%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 22%
Ben Chandler III 90%
Travis Childers 70%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 33%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 89%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 100%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 33%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90%
Jerry Costello 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Kathy Dahlkemper 100%
Artur Davis 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 11%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 100%
Byron Dorgan 78%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 20%
Steve Driehaus 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 50%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
John Ensign 11%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 10%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 90%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 30%
Gabrielle Giffords 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
Judd Gregg 33%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%

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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