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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Brian Baird 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 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%
Richard Bryan 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 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%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Moakley 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
Major Owens 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%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
Karen Thurman 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Bob Weygand 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 91%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 91%
Shelley Berkley 91%
David Edward Bonior 91%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Eva Clayton 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
Norm Dicks 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 91%
Michael Patrick Forbes 91%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 91%
Darlene Hooley 91%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
Dale Kildee 91%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 91%
Ronald Klink 91%
John LaFalce 91%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 91%
James Maloney 91%
Matthew Martinez 91%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 91%
Karen McCarthy 91%
Carrie Meek 91%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 91%
Constance Morella 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
John Olver 91%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
Steve Rothman 91%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 91%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91%
Mel Watt 91%
Anthony Weiner 91%
Albert Wynn 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
William Jefferson 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
Michael McNulty 89%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 83%
Russ Feingold 83%
Daniel Graham 83%
James Merrill Jeffords 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 83%
Herb Kohl 83%
Patrick Moynihan 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 82%
Mark Foley 82%
Harold Ford, Jr. 82%
James Greenwood 82%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 82%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 82%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 82%
Stephen Horn 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 82%
Gerald Kleczka 82%
Nicholas Lampson 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
William Luther 82%
David Minge 82%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 82%
Christopher Shays 82%
Bart Stupak 82%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 82%
John Breaux 80%
James Kolbe 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
Sherwood Boehlert 73%
Robert Borski, Jr. 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73%

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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