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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 20%
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 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
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 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 80%
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%
NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women's Equality 71%
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 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 James Lankford Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole 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 3 Mike Kelly Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan 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 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent 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 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr 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 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 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 17 Bill Flores Republican 20%
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%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 30%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 10%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 90%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 30%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 20%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 88%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 20%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
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%
Kelly Ayotte 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Michele Bachmann 10%
Spencer Bachus 20%
John Barrow 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 20%
Max Baucus 100%
Mark Begich 100%
Dan Benishek 20%
Rick Berg 20%
Shelley Berkley 80%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 20%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boehner 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 20%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Dan Boren 40%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 20%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Bruce Braley 90%
Paul Broun 10%
Corrine Brown 100%
Scott Brown 38%
Ann Marie Buerkle 20%
Dan Burton 10%
Dave Camp 20%
John Campbell III 10%
Francisco Canseco 30%
Eric Cantor 20%
Lois Capps 100%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Saxby Chambliss 13%
Ben Chandler III 60%
Hansen Clarke 100%
Dan Coats 25%
Howard Coble 20%
Thomas Coburn 13%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jerry Costello 70%
Chip Cravaack 20%
Ander Crenshaw 20%
Mark Critz 80%
Geoff Davis 20%
James DeMint 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 90%
Bob Dold 30%
David Dreier 30%
Donna Edwards 100%
Renee Ellmers 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
John Ensign 50%
Sam Farr 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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