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Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley 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 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. 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%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. 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%
Jane Harman 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel 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%
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%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee 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%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui 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%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray 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%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Evan Bayh 89%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Russ Feingold 89%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 89%
Joe Lieberman 89%
Blanche Lincoln 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 89%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 89%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 89%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
Brian Baird 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Julia Carson 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
James Merrill Jeffords 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
Michael McNulty 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 88%
Dennis Moore 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
Jim Oberstar 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
Ed Towns 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
Albert Wynn 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 78%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 78%
Byron Dorgan 78%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 78%
Daniel Inouye 78%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 78%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
Melissa Bean 75%
Judy Biggert 75%
Mary Bono Mack 75%
Leonard Boswell 75%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
Vic Snyder 75%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
Max Baucus 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
Herb Kohl 67%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
Ken Salazar 67%
Arlen Specter 67%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 63%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
Mike Castle 63%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 63%
Norm Dicks 63%
Darlene Hooley 63%
Paul Kanjorski 63%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 63%

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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