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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Thomas Allen 93%
Rob Andrews 93%
Michael Arcuri 93%
Joe Baca, Sr. 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
Melissa Bean 93%
Shelley Berkley 93%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
Rick Boucher 93%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
Dennis Cardoza 93%
Russ Carnahan 93%
Ben Chandler III 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
Jerry Costello 93%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 93%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
John Hall 93%
Phil Hare 93%
Jane Harman 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 93%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 93%
Paul Hodes 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 93%
Patrick Kennedy 93%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 93%
Michael McNulty 93%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 93%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
Brad Miller 93%
Alan Mollohan 93%
Dennis Moore 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 93%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 93%
Jack Murtha 93%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 93%
Donald Payne 93%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
Silvestre Reyes 93%
Ciro Rodriguez 93%
Steve Rothman 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
Vic Snyder 93%
Hilda Solis 93%
Bart Stupak 93%
Betty Sutton 93%
Ellen Tauscher 93%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 93%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 93%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 93%
Mel Watt 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 93%
Robert Wexler 93%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 93%
David Wu 93%
Albert Wynn 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
Herb Kohl 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 92%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
Brian Baird 87%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
Howard Berman 87%
Leonard Boswell 87%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 87%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 87%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 87%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 87%
Artur Davis 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 87%
Norm Dicks 87%
Chet Edwards 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
Gabrielle Giffords 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 87%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 87%
William Jefferson 87%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 87%
Steve Kagen 87%
Dale Kildee 87%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 87%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 87%
Ron Klein 87%
Dennis Kucinich 87%
Tom Lantos 87%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
Harry Mitchell 87%
Patrick Murphy 87%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 87%
Dave Obey 87%
John Olver 87%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 87%
Earl Pomeroy 87%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 87%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 87%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 87%
Christopher Shays 87%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 87%
Pete Stark 87%

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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