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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 18%
Rodney Alexander 41%
Jason Altmire 88%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 94%
Joe Baca, Sr. 93%
Brian Baird 94%
J. Gresham Barrett 12%
Roscoe Bartlett 24%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 78%
Melissa Bean 88%
Bob Bennett 33%
Shelley Berkley 94%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 88%
Judy Biggert 53%
Brian Bilbray 47%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 29%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 47%
Mary Bono Mack 59%
Dan Boren 82%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
Ginny Brown-Waite 58%
Jim Bunning 29%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 44%
Robert Byrd 100%
Eric Cantor 24%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 88%
Mike Castle 71%
Ben Chandler III 94%
Travis Childers 92%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jerry Costello 100%
Artur Davis 100%
Geoff Davis 41%
Lincoln Davis 94%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 94%
Norm Dicks 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 47%
Chet Edwards 94%
Vern Ehlers 59%
Brad Ellsworth 82%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
John Ensign 22%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Gabrielle Giffords 82%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 22%
John Hall 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Robert Hayes 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 24%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 82%
Baron Hill 82%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 94%
Pete Hoekstra 41%
Thomas Holden 94%
Kay Hutchison 22%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 69%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Ron Klein 94%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 11%
Steve LaTourette 76%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Jerry Lewis 47%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
John Linder 7%
Dick Lugar 33%
Dan Lungren 35%
Connie Mack IV 25%
Don Manzullo 35%
Jim Marshall 88%
Melquiades Martinez 33%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
John McHugh 75%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 94%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 82%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 94%
Patrick Murphy 88%
Jack Murtha 94%
Sue Myrick 47%
Ben Nelson 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Todd Platts 71%
Earl Pomeroy 94%
George Radanovich 31%
Denny Rehberg 53%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 93%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Ross 94%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jean Schmidt 50%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 18%
Heath Shuler 87%
Ike Skelton 94%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Vic Snyder 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 40%
Zack Space 88%
Arlen Specter 67%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 35%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 38%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 100%
Ellen Tauscher 94%
Gene Taylor 88%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
Ed Towns 100%
George Voinovich 44%
Zach Wamp 41%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 94%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Bill Young 53%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley 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%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%

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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