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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 100%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Robert Byrd 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Ernest Hollings 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Gerald Kleczka 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
Denise Majette 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Bart Stupak 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 94%
Byron Dorgan 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
Russ Feingold 94%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 94%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 94%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 94%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
Joe Lieberman 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 89%
Brian Baird 89%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 89%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 89%
Edward Case 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 89%
Jerry Costello 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
Artur Davis 89%
Peter Deutsch 89%
Norm Dicks 89%
Bob Etheridge 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
Jonas Frost III 89%
Charlie Gonzalez 89%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 89%
Jane Harman 89%
Baron Hill 89%
Thomas Holden 89%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 89%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 89%
William Jefferson 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 89%
Herb Kohl 89%
Blanche Lincoln 89%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 89%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 89%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 89%
Alan Mollohan 89%
Dennis Moore 89%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 89%
Jack Murtha 89%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 89%
Major Owens 89%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
Steve Rothman 89%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 89%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 89%
John Spratt, Jr. 89%
Ted Strickland 89%
Ellen Tauscher 89%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
Ed Towns 89%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88%
James Davis 88%
James Merrill Jeffords 88%

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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