Search Form
Now choose a category »

Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Brian Baird 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady 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%
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%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly 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%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 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%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda 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%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 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 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 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%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 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%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid 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%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky 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%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas 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%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 97%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
Bill Delahunt 97%
Barney Frank 97%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 97%
Phil Hare 97%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 97%
Paul Hodes 97%
Patrick Kennedy 97%
Mary Jo Kilroy 97%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 97%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 97%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 97%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 97%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 97%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 97%
Donald Payne 97%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 97%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 97%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 97%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 97%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 97%
Betty Sutton 97%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 97%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 97%
Jeff Bingaman 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 96%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 96%
Russ Feingold 96%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 96%
Daniel Inouye 96%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 96%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 96%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 96%
Arlen Specter 96%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 96%
John Adler 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 94%
Russ Carnahan 94%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 94%
Norm Dicks 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
Gabrielle Giffords 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 94%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
Patrick Murphy 94%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 94%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
Joe Lieberman 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 91%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 91%
Dennis Moore 91%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 91%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 90%
John Hall 90%
Laura Richardson 90%
Melissa Bean 88%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 88%

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.

Skip to top
Back to top