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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 90%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 20%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 60%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 20%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 25%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 30%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 20%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 13%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 80%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 20%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 14%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 20%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 20%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 13%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 5 James Lankford Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 20%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 13%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 13%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 30%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 70%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 13%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 13%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 10%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 40%

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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