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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for the Arts Action Fund

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Thomas Allen 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Ben Chandler III 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen 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 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100%
James Ramstad 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Jason Altmire 98%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 98%
Barney Frank 98%
Charlie Gonzalez 98%
Paul Hodes 98%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 98%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 98%
Brad Miller 98%
Rick Boucher 96%
Norm Dicks 96%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 96%
Todd Platts 96%
Silvestre Reyes 96%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 96%
Vic Snyder 96%
Betty Sutton 96%
Ed Towns 96%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 96%
Lynn Woolsey 96%
Shelley Berkley 94%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
Joseph Cao 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
Brian Baird 92%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 92%
Russ Carnahan 92%
Mike Castle 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
Bart Gordon 92%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
Dale Kildee 92%
Dennis Kucinich 92%
Thaddeus McCotter 92%
Steve Rothman 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 92%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
John Spratt, Jr. 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
David Wu 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Leonard Boswell 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Dave Obey 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
Diane Watson 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
Patrick Kennedy 89%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
Tim Johnson 88%
Ron Klein 88%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 88%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
Jim Marshall 88%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
Mike Ross 88%
Hilda Solis 88%
Mel Watt 88%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Michael Arcuri 86%
Judy Biggert 86%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 86%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 86%
Christopher Carney 86%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 86%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 86%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 86%
Jerry Costello 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 86%
Vern Ehlers 86%
Brad Ellsworth 86%
Jo Ann Emerson 86%
Philip English 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 86%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 86%
John Hall 86%
Phil Hare 86%
Jane Harman 86%
Thomas Holden 86%
Darlene Hooley 86%
Paul Kanjorski 86%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 86%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 86%
Harry Mitchell 86%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 86%
Jim Oberstar 86%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
Ciro Rodriguez 86%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 86%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 86%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 86%
Zack Space 86%
Bart Stupak 86%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 86%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 86%
Anthony Weiner 86%
Dan Boren 84%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 84%
Donald Payne 84%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 82%
John Adler 80%
Rob Andrews 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 80%
Melissa Bean 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
Marion Berry 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
Mary Bono Mack 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
Dennis Cardoza 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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