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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Freedom Democrats

2005-2006 Positions on Social Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 97%
Barney Frank 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
John Olver 90%
Donald Payne 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 87%
Dennis Kucinich 87%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87%
Dave Obey 87%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
Pete Stark 87%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 87%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
Mel Watt 87%
Julia Carson 83%
Bill Delahunt 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
Bob Filner 83%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
Martin Meehan 83%
Major Owens 83%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 83%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 83%
Hilda Solis 83%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
Diane Watson 83%
Thomas Allen 80%
Brian Baird 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
Ron Paul 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
Ellen Tauscher 80%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 77%
Darlene Hooley 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 77%
Patrick Kennedy 77%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 77%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 77%
Jim Oberstar 77%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 77%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 77%
Ted Strickland 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 77%
Anthony Weiner 77%
David Wu 77%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
Howard Berman 73%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
Russ Carnahan 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
William Jefferson 73%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 73%
Dale Kildee 73%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
Michael McNulty 73%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
Gary Ackerman 70%
Shelley Berkley 70%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 70%
Jane Harman 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 70%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 70%
Ed Towns 70%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 70%
Robert Wexler 70%
Rob Andrews 67%
Rick Boucher 67%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
Tom Lantos 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 67%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 67%
Dennis Moore 67%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 63%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 63%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 63%
Albert Wynn 63%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 60%
James Leach 60%
Brad Miller 60%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 60%
Bart Stupak 60%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 57%
Vic Snyder 57%
Marion Berry 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
Dennis Cardoza 53%
Ben Chandler III 53%
Jerry Costello 53%
Artur Davis 53%
James Davis 53%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 53%
Jack Murtha 53%
Earl Pomeroy 53%
Silvestre Reyes 53%
John Tanner 53%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 50%
Leonard Boswell 47%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
Harold Ford, Jr. 47%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 47%
Alan Mollohan 47%
Mike Ross 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 43%
Chet Edwards 43%
Lane Evans 43%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 43%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Edward Case 40%
Vern Ehlers 40%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 40%

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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