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Rating Group: Animal Welfare Institute

2013 Compassion Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 75%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 0%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 25%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 25%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 8 Rick Nolan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 50%
MO U.S. House 2 Ann Wagner Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 25%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 8 Jason Smith Republican 0%
MP U.S. House Delegate Kilili Sablan Democratic 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 0%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 0%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 8 Richard Hudson Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 9 Robert Pittenger Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 11 Mark Meadows Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 13 George Holding Republican 0%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 0%
ND U.S. Senate Jr Heidi Heitkamp Democratic-NPL 0%
ND U.S. House At-Large Kevin Cramer Republican 0%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 0%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 25%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 25%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. Senate Jr Cory Booker Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 25%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 50%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 50%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 0%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 100%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 25%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 18 Sean Maloney Democratic, Working Families 50%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 27 Chris Collins Republican 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 2 Brad Wenstrup Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 14 David Joyce Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 1 Jim Bridenstine Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 2 Markwayne Mullin Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 25%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 25%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 50%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 25%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 25%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 4 Scott Perry Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 12 Keith Rothfus Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 0%
PR U.S. House Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 25%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 25%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 25%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
SC U.S. House 7 Tom Rice Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 25%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 25%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 75%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%

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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