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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 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%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 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%
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%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono 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%
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%
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%
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%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 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%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 95%
Russ Carnahan 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
Norm Dicks 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Daniel Inouye 95%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
Brad Miller 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 95%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 95%
Betty Sutton 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 94%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Brian Baird 90%
Evan Bayh 90%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
John Hall 90%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
Ron Klein 90%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 90%
Patrick Murphy 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
Diane Watson 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Michael McNulty 88%
Michael Arcuri 85%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Paul Hodes 85%
Darlene Hooley 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 85%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 85%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
Dennis Moore 85%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 85%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 85%
Ken Salazar 85%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85%
Jim Webb, Jr. 85%
William Jefferson 83%
Gabrielle Giffords 81%
Max Baucus 80%
Melissa Bean 80%
Nancy Boyda 80%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 80%

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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