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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Brian Baird 80%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Max Baucus 89%
Evan Bayh 78%
Melissa Bean 80%
Bob Bennett 22%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 40%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Jeff Bingaman 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%
Bobby Bright 30%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 30%
Jim Bunning 11%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 56%
Joseph Cao 60%
Dennis Cardoza 90%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 80%
Mike Castle 50%
Ben Chandler III 90%
Travis Childers 70%
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%
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%
Gabrielle Giffords 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Bart Gordon 90%
Judd Gregg 33%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
John Hall 100%
Debbie Halvorson 100%
Phil Hare 90%
Jane Harman 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 10%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 70%
Baron Hill 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 90%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 90%
Kay Hutchison 56%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 10%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 80%
Tim Johnson 40%
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%
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%
Steve LaTourette 40%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Chris Lee 40%
George LeMieux 50%
Jerry Lewis 10%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 89%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 56%
Dan Lungren 10%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 20%
Betsy Markey 70%
Jim Marshall 70%
Melquiades Martinez 43%
Eric Massa 90%
Thaddeus McCotter 30%
John McHugh 50%
Michael McMahon 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 80%
Brad Miller 100%
Walt Minnick 60%
Harry Mitchell 90%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
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%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Perriello 60%
Todd Platts 60%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
George Radanovich 0%
Denny Rehberg 40%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Ross 80%
Steve Rothman 100%
Mark Schauer 100%
Jean Schmidt 10%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 0%
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%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 100%
George Voinovich 33%
Zach Wamp 20%
Diane Watson 90%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 89%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 80%
Bill Young 40%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 90%

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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