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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
Edward Case 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
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%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 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%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
James Kolbe 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Brian Baird 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 88%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 88%
Norm Dicks 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 88%
Mark Foley 88%
Daniel Inouye 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
James Leach 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
Joe Lieberman 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
Christopher Shays 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
Jane Harman 86%
James Merrill Jeffords 86%
Jim Oberstar 86%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
Judy Biggert 77%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
Leonard Boswell 77%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
Lane Evans 77%
Charlie Gonzalez 77%
William Jefferson 77%
Robert Matsui 77%
Brad Miller 77%
Dennis Moore 77%
Major Owens 77%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 77%
Ted Strickland 77%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 77%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Evan Bayh 75%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
Chris Dodd 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 75%
Paul Sarbanes 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 66%
James Davis 66%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 66%
Nancy Johnson 66%
Dale Kildee 66%
Mel Watt 66%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 63%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
Byron Dorgan 63%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 63%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 63%
Blanche Lincoln 63%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 63%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 63%
Gordon Smith 63%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 55%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
Darlene Hooley 55%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 55%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 55%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 55%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Earl Pomeroy 55%

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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