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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Arab American Institute

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 81%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 70%
Maurice Hinchey 70%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 70%
Jim Moran, Jr. 70%
John Olver 70%
Pete Stark 70%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 69%
Jeff Bingaman 69%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 65%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 65%
Lynn Woolsey 65%
Chris Dodd 63%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 63%
Russ Feingold 63%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 63%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 63%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 63%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Dennis Kucinich 60%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 56%
Frank Lautenberg 56%
Carl Levin 56%
Dick Lugar 56%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 56%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 56%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 55%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 55%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 55%
John Dingell 55%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 55%
Neil Abercrombie 53%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
Robert Byrd 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
Bill Delahunt 50%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 50%
Ted Kaufman 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
George Miller 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
Donald Payne 50%
Nick Rahall II 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 50%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 45%
Rush Holt, Jr. 45%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 45%
Diane Watson 45%
Roland Burris 44%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 44%
Tom Harkin 44%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 44%
Herb Kohl 44%
Joe Lieberman 44%
George Voinovich 44%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 40%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 40%
John Tierney 40%
Mark Begich 38%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 38%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
Daniel Inouye 38%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 38%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 38%
Jay Rockefeller IV 38%
Olympia Snowe 38%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 38%
Mark Udall 38%
Jim Webb, Jr. 38%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 36%
Brian Baird 35%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 35%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 35%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 35%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 35%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 35%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 35%
Ron Paul 35%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 35%
Mel Watt 35%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 33%
George LeMieux 33%
Evan Bayh 31%
Bob Bennett 31%
Kent Conrad 31%
Byron Dorgan 31%
Kay Hagan 31%
Timothy Johnson 31%
Blanche Lincoln 31%
Ben Nelson 31%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 31%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 31%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 31%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 31%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 30%
Bruce Braley 30%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 30%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 30%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 30%
Jim Oberstar 30%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 30%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 30%
Laura Richardson 30%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 30%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 30%
David Wu 30%
Robert Wexler 27%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 25%
Max Baucus 25%
Kit Bond 25%
Rick Boucher 25%
Jim Bunning 25%
Russ Carnahan 25%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 25%
Barney Frank 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 25%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 25%
Mary Jo Kilroy 25%
Mary Landrieu 25%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 25%
Dan Maffei 25%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 25%
Mike Michaud 25%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
Bill Owens 25%
Tom Perriello 25%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 25%
Carol Shea-Porter 25%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 24%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 24%
Melquiades Martinez 22%
Gary Ackerman 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
Howard Berman 20%
Tim Bishop 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 20%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 20%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
Eric Massa 20%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 20%
Ed Pastor 20%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 20%
Bart Stupak 20%
Ellen Tauscher 20%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20%
Ed Towns 20%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 20%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 19%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 19%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 19%
Thomas Coburn 19%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 19%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
John Ensign 19%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 19%

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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