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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

2007-2008 Positions on Civil and Human

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100
Michael Arcuri 100
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100
Shelley Berkley 100
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100
Russ Carnahan 100
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100
Ben Chandler III 100
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100
Jerry Costello 100
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney 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
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100
Russ Feingold 100
Bob Filner 100
Barney Frank 100
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
John Hall 100
Phil Hare 100
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100
Jane Harman 100
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100
Maurice Hinchey 100
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100
Paul Hodes 100
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100
Patrick Kennedy 100
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen 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
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui 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
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100
Brad Miller 100
Alan Mollohan 100
Dennis Moore 100
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100
Jack Murtha 100
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 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
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100
Ciro Rodriguez 100
Steve Rothman 100
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 100
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100
Hilda Solis 100
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100
Bart Stupak 100
Betty Sutton 100
Ellen Tauscher 100
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100
Diane Watson 100
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100
Robert Wexler 100
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100
Lynn Woolsey 100
Gary Ackerman 96
Rob Andrews 96
Joe Baca, Sr. 96
Brian Baird 96
Leonard Boswell 96
Rick Boucher 96
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 96
Dennis Cardoza 96
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 96
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 96
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 96
Artur Davis 96
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 96
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 96
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96
Bill Delahunt 96
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 96
Chet Edwards 96
Charlie Gonzalez 96
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 96
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 96
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 96
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 96
Steve Kagen 96
Dale Kildee 96
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 96
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96
Dave Obey 96
John Olver 96
Donald Payne 96
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 96
Earl Pomeroy 96
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 96
Silvestre Reyes 96
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 96
Joe Sestak, Jr. 96
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 96
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 96
Vic Snyder 96
Pete Stark 96
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 96
Ed Towns 96
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 96
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 96
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 96
Mel Watt 96
David Wu 96
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 96
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94
Jeff Bingaman 94
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 94
Herb Kohl 94
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 94
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 94
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 94
Howard Berman 91
Marion Berry 91
Allen Boyd, Jr. 91
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 91
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 91
Bob Etheridge 91
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 91

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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