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Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 20%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 13%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Jason Altmire 70%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 30%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 20%
Rob Andrews 80%
Steve Austria 20%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 10%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
Charlie Bass 20%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 90%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 20%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
Rick Berg 20%
Shelley Berkley 80%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 20%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 13%
Dan Boren 40%
Leonard Boswell 70%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 90%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Scott Brown 38%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 20%
Ann Marie Buerkle 20%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
Dan Burton 10%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 10%
Francisco Canseco 30%
Eric Cantor 20%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 100%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 20%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
Ben Chandler III 60%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 13%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 70%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 70%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
Chip Cravaack 20%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 20%
Mark Critz 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 0%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Robert Dold 30%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
David Dreier 30%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
John Ensign 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 70%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 30%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
Barney Frank 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 20%
Gabrielle Giffords 10%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 10%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 30%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva 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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