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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 20%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Jason Altmire 70%
Rob Andrews 80%
Steve Austria 20%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 20%
Max Baucus 100%
Rick Berg 20%
Shelley Berkley 80%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 20%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Dan Boren 40%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Scott Brown 38%
Ann Marie Buerkle 20%
Dan Burton 10%
Francisco Canseco 30%
Eric Cantor 20%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Ben Chandler III 60%
Hansen Clarke 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jerry Costello 70%
Chip Cravaack 20%
Mark Critz 80%
Geoff Davis 20%
James DeMint 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
Robert Dold 30%
David Dreier 30%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Filner 70%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Gabrielle Giffords 10%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Frank Guinta 20%
Jane Harman 100%
Nan Hayworth 20%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
Kathy Hochul 71%
Thomas Holden 70%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 40%
Walter Jones, Sr. 40%
Dale Kildee 100%
Larry Kissell 70%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 13%
Jeff Landry 20%
Steve LaTourette 20%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Chris Lee 50%
Jerry Lewis 20%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Dick Lugar 38%
Dan Lungren 30%
Connie Mack IV 20%
Don Manzullo 20%
Thaddeus McCotter 20%
Brad Miller 100%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 75%
John Olver 80%
Ron Paul 20%
Todd Platts 30%
Ben Quayle 20%
Denny Rehberg 30%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Laura Richardson 100%
David Rivera 20%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 90%
Bobby Schilling 20%
Jean Schmidt 20%
Heath Shuler 60%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 20%
John Sullivan 20%
Betty Sutton 90%
Ed Towns 80%
Bob Turner 20%
Joe Walsh 0%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 88%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Allen West 20%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Bill Young 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal 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%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
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%
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%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 90%
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%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
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%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
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%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%

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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