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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Brian Baird 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown 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%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 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%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 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%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
Vic Snyder 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 96%
Evan Bayh 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 96%
Russ Carnahan 96%
Julia Carson 96%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96%
Bill Delahunt 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 96%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 96%
Maurice Hinchey 96%
Darlene Hooley 96%
Patrick Kennedy 96%
Tom Lantos 96%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 96%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 96%
Martin Meehan 96%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 96%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 96%
Jack Murtha 96%
Jim Oberstar 96%
Earl Pomeroy 96%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 96%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 96%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 96%
Pete Stark 96%
Bart Stupak 96%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 96%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 96%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 96%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 96%
Anthony Weiner 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 96%
Albert Wynn 96%
Hillary Clinton 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
Russ Feingold 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 91%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 91%
Jane Harman 91%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
Dennis Moore 91%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 91%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 91%
Donald Payne 91%
Silvestre Reyes 91%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
Diane Watson 91%
Robert Wexler 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
Melissa Bean 87%
Dennis Cardoza 87%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 87%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 87%
Artur Davis 87%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
William Jefferson 87%
Paul Kanjorski 87%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 87%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 87%
John Spratt, Jr. 87%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
Ed Towns 87%
Chris Dodd 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 83%
Jerry Costello 83%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 83%
Chet Edwards 83%
Alan Mollohan 83%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 83%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 83%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 83%
Jeff Bingaman 81%
Byron Dorgan 81%
Daniel Inouye 81%
Herb Kohl 81%
Joe Lieberman 81%
Ken Salazar 81%
Rick Boucher 78%

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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