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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
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 6 Tom Petri Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 20%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 88%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 40%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 20%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 25%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 20%
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%

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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