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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100
Gary Ackerman 100
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22
John Adler 83
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Todd Akin 6
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 29
Rodney Alexander 22
Jason Altmire 83
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 89
Steve Austria 39
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 12
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 22
Brian Baird 88
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 14
J. Gresham Barrett 7
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 89
Roscoe Bartlett 17
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11
Max Baucus 71
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 94
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 93
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 86
Bob Bennett 21
Shelley Berkley 100
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 87
Judy Biggert 33
Brian Bilbray 33
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 33
Jeff Bingaman 93
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 18
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 19
John Boccieri 94
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 11
Kit Bond 31
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17
Mary Bono Mack 44
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 22
Dan Boren 72
Leonard Boswell 100
Rick Boucher 94
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 24
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93
Allen Boyd, Jr. 81
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100
Bobby Bright 44
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100
Henry Brown, Jr. 24
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 14
Ginny Brown-Waite 41
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 44
Jim Bunning 8
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 21
Roland Burris 100
Dan Burton 17
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100
Steve Buyer 38
Robert Byrd 80
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 6
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 17
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100
Joseph Cao 67
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 44
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
Dennis Cardoza 100
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 89
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 12
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 28
Mike Castle 56
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 6
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 21
Ben Chandler III 94
Travis Childers 72
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
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 8
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 43
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 17
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 28
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 6
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 100
Kent Conrad 86
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 94
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 29
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 14
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94
Jerry Costello 89
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 28
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 22
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100
Kathy Dahlkemper 89
Artur Davis 89
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100
Geoff Davis 17
Lincoln Davis 89
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 6
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 89
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100
Bill Delahunt 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
James DeMint 8
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53
Norm Dicks 100
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100
Chris Dodd 93
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 83
Byron Dorgan 75
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100
David Dreier 28
Steve Driehaus 89
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100
Chet Edwards 89
Vern Ehlers 44
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
Brad Ellsworth 89
Jo Ann Emerson 39
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100
John Ensign 8
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 21
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100
Bob Etheridge 100
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 22
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100
Russ Feingold 86
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 93
Bob Filner 100
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 22
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 28
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 44
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 94
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0
Barney Frank 100
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100
Elton Gallegly 29
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 6
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 50
Gabrielle Giffords 100
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 11
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 12
Charlie Gonzalez 100
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 22
Bart Gordon 89
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 25
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 24
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100
Judd Gregg 21
Parker Griffith, Jr. 72
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 28
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100
NC U.S. Senate Jr Janet Kay Hagan Democratic 86

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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