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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
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%
Michele Bachmann 35%
Spencer Bachus 47%
Brian Baird 94%
J. Gresham Barrett 12%
John Barrow 88%
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%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boehner 25%
Kit Bond 29%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 47%
Mary Bono Mack 59%
Dan Boren 82%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 88%
Bruce Braley 100%
Paul Broun 6%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
Ginny Brown-Waite 58%
Jim Bunning 29%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 44%
Robert Byrd 100%
Dave Camp 50%
John Campbell III 7%
Eric Cantor 24%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 88%
Mike Castle 71%
Saxby Chambliss 33%
Ben Chandler III 94%
Travis Childers 92%
Howard Coble 41%
Thomas Coburn 0%
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%
John Dingell 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%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Jim Gerlach 76%
Gabrielle Giffords 82%
Phil Gingrey 24%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 22%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 53%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Doc Hastings 35%
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%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Kay Hutchison 22%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 69%
Timothy Johnson 100%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 20%
Ron Klein 94%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 11%
Mary Landrieu 100%
Tom Latham 41%
Steve LaTourette 76%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Carl Levin 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%
Jim Matheson 76%
Carolyn McCarthy 94%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
John McHugh 75%
Mike McIntyre 94%
Buck McKeon 41%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 94%
Mike Michaud 100%
Gary Miller 44%
George Miller 100%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 82%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 94%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
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%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Petri 53%
Todd Platts 71%
Earl Pomeroy 94%
Mark Pryor 100%
Adam Putnam 38%
George Radanovich 31%
Nick Rahall II 100%
Denny Rehberg 53%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 93%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Rogers 50%
Mike Ross 94%
Steve Rothman 100%
John Salazar 100%
Jean Schmidt 50%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 18%
Carol Shea-Porter 100%
Heath Shuler 87%
Ike Skelton 94%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Vic Snyder 100%
CA Supervisor 1 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%
Lee Terry 41%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Mark Udall 100%

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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