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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2007 Positions on Poverty Action

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie A+
Gary Ackerman A+
Daniel Akaka, Sr. A+
Todd Akin F-
Rodney Alexander D
Wayne Allard F
Thomas Allen A+
Jason Altmire A
Rob Andrews A+
Michael Arcuri A+
Joe Baca, Sr. A+
Michele Bachmann D
Spencer Bachus D
Brian Baird A+
J. Gresham Barrett F-
John Barrow A
Roscoe Bartlett F
Max Baucus B
Evan Bayh A
Melissa Bean B
Bob Bennett D
Shelley Berkley A+
Howard Berman A+
Marion Berry A+
Judy Biggert C
Brian Bilbray D
Jeff Bingaman A+
Tim Bishop A+
John Boehner F
Kit Bond D
Jo Bonner, Jr. D
Mary Bono Mack D
Dan Boren B
Leonard Boswell A
Rick Boucher A+
Allen Boyd, Jr. A
Nancy Boyda A
Bruce Braley A+
Henry Brown, Jr. D
Ginny Brown-Waite D
Jim Bunning F
Dan Burton F
Steve Buyer D
Robert Byrd A
Dave Camp D
John Campbell III F
Chris Cannon F
Eric Cantor F
Dennis Cardoza A+
Russ Carnahan A+
Christopher Carney A
Mike Castle B
Saxby Chambliss F
Ben Chandler III A
Howard Coble F
Thomas Coburn F
Norm Coleman C
Kent Conrad B
Jerry Costello A+
Larry Craig D
Robert Cramer A
Artur Davis A+
David Davis F
Geoff Davis D
Lincoln Davis A
Thomas Davis III D
Bill Delahunt A+
James DeMint F
Lincoln Diaz-Balart B
Norm Dicks A+
John Dingell A+
Elizabeth Dole F
Pete Domenici, Jr. D
John Doolittle F-
Byron Dorgan B
Thelma Drake D
David Dreier F
Chet Edwards A+
Vern Ehlers C
Brad Ellsworth A
Jo Ann Emerson B
Philip English B
John Ensign D
Bob Etheridge A+
Terry Everett D
Tom Feeney F
Russ Feingold A+
Michael Ferguson B
Bob Filner A+
Vito Fossella, Jr. C
Barney Frank A+
Elton Gallegly F
Jim Gerlach B
Gabrielle Giffords A
Wayne Gilchrest B
Phil Gingrey F
Charlie Gonzalez A+
Virgil Goode, Jr. D
Bart Gordon A
Judd Gregg F
Charles Hagel C
John Hall A
Ralph Hall F
Phil Hare A+
Tom Harkin A
Jane Harman A
Doc Hastings F
Robert Hayes B
Wally Herger, Jr. F
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin A
Baron Hill A
Maurice Hinchey A+
David Lee Hobson C
Paul Hodes A
Pete Hoekstra D
Thomas Holden A
Rush Holt, Jr. A+
Darlene Hooley A+
Kenny Hulshof D
Duncan Hunter D
Kay Hutchison D
Bob Inglis, Sr. F
Daniel Inouye A
Jesse Jackson, Jr. A+
William Jefferson A+
Tim Johnson C
Steve Kagen A+
Paul Kanjorski A
Ric Keller D
Edward Kennedy, Sr. A+
Patrick Kennedy A+
Dale Kildee A+
Carolyn Kilpatrick A+
Jack Kingston F
Ron Klein A
Joseph Knollenberg C
Herb Kohl A+
Dennis Kucinich A
John Kuhl, Jr. C
Jon Kyl F
Ray LaHood B
Nicholas Lampson B
Mary Landrieu B
Tom Latham C
Steve LaTourette B
Frank Lautenberg A+
Carl Levin A+
Jerry Lewis F
Ron Lewis F
Joe Lieberman A
Blanche Lincoln B
John Linder F
Dick Lugar C
Dan Lungren D
Connie Mack IV F
Tim Mahoney A
Don Manzullo F
Jim Marshall A
Melquiades Martinez D
Jim Matheson A
Carolyn McCarthy A+
Thaddeus McCotter C
James McCrery III D
John McHugh B
Mike McIntyre A
Buck McKeon F
Michael McNulty A+
Kendrick Meek, Sr. A+
Charlie Melancon, Sr. A
Mike Michaud A+
Gary Miller F
George Miller A+
Brad Miller A+
Harry Mitchell B
Alan Mollohan A+
Dennis Moore A
Jim Moran, Jr. A+
Patrick Murphy A
Jack Murtha A+
Marilyn Musgrave F
Sue Myrick D
Ben Nelson A
Jim Oberstar A+
Dave Obey A+
John Olver A+
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. A+
Ed Pastor A+
Donald Payne A+
John Peterson C
Tom Petri C
Charles Pickering, Jr. C
Todd Platts C
Earl Pomeroy A+
Jon Porter, Sr. C
Deborah Pryce C
Mark Pryor B
Adam Putnam F
George Radanovich F
Nick Rahall II A+
James Ramstad B

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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