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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Hillary Clinton 96%
Jon Corzine 96%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 96%
Paul Sarbanes 96%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 96%
Howard Berman 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Barney Frank 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Major Owens 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
Chris Dodd 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 92%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 91%
Lane Evans 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 91%
Bob Filner 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
Dale Kildee 91%
Dennis Kucinich 91%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 91%
Tom Lantos 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
Michael McNulty 91%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
John Olver 91%
Donald Payne 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
Hilda Solis 91%
Pete Stark 91%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 91%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 91%
Anthony Weiner 91%
Robert Wexler 91%
David Wu 91%
Russ Feingold 88%
Daniel Inouye 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 88%
Thomas Allen 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
Julia Carson 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 86%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 86%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 86%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
Gerald Kleczka 86%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
Robert Matsui 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 86%
Martin Meehan 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86%
Ciro Rodriguez 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85%
Joe Lieberman 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
Gary Ackerman 82%
Rob Andrews 82%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 82%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Marion Berry 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
Peter Deutsch 82%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 82%
Jonas Frost III 82%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 82%
Darlene Hooley 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 82%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
Patrick Kennedy 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
Mel Watt 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 81%
Kent Conrad 81%
Thomas Daschle 81%
Byron Dorgan 81%
John Edwards 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
Brian Baird 77%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 77%
Robert Byrd 77%
Bill Delahunt 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
Nicholas Lampson 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 77%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 77%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 77%
Earl Pomeroy 77%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 77%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 77%
John Spratt, Jr. 77%
Bart Stupak 77%
Ellen Tauscher 77%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
Albert Wynn 77%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Jerry Costello 73%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
Jane Harman 73%
Ernest Hollings 73%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 73%
Jack Murtha 73%
Vic Snyder 73%
Ted Strickland 73%
Daniel Graham 69%
Herb Kohl 69%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 68%
James Davis 68%
Norm Dicks 68%
Bob Etheridge 68%
Charlie Gonzalez 68%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 68%
Dennis Moore 68%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 68%
Mike Ross 68%
Ed Towns 68%
James Turner 68%
Evan Bayh 65%
James Merrill Jeffords 65%

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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