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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100
John Adler 83
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Todd Akin 6
Rodney Alexander 22
Jason Altmire 83
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 89
Steve Austria 39
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
Brian Baird 88
J. Gresham Barrett 7
Roscoe Bartlett 17
Max Baucus 71
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 94
Bob Bennett 21
Shelley Berkley 100
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 87
Judy Biggert 33
Brian Bilbray 33
Jeff Bingaman 93
John Boccieri 94
Kit Bond 31
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17
Mary Bono Mack 44
Dan Boren 72
Leonard Boswell 100
Rick Boucher 94
Allen Boyd, Jr. 81
Bobby Bright 44
Henry Brown, Jr. 24
Ginny Brown-Waite 41
Jim Bunning 8
Roland Burris 100
Dan Burton 17
Steve Buyer 38
Robert Byrd 80
Eric Cantor 17
Joseph Cao 67
Dennis Cardoza 100
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 89
Mike Castle 56
Ben Chandler III 94
Travis Childers 72
Kent Conrad 86
Jerry Costello 89
Kathy Dahlkemper 89
Artur Davis 89
Geoff Davis 17
Lincoln Davis 89
Bill Delahunt 100
James DeMint 8
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56
Norm Dicks 100
Chris Dodd 93
Byron Dorgan 75
David Dreier 28
Steve Driehaus 89
Chet Edwards 89
Vern Ehlers 44
Brad Ellsworth 89
Jo Ann Emerson 39
John Ensign 8
Bob Etheridge 100
Russ Feingold 86
Bob Filner 100
Barney Frank 100
Elton Gallegly 29
Gabrielle Giffords 100
Charlie Gonzalez 100
Bart Gordon 89
Judd Gregg 21
Parker Griffith, Jr. 72
John Hall 100
Debbie Halvorson 100
Phil Hare 100
Jane Harman 100
Wally Herger, Jr. 17
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 76
Baron Hill 100
Maurice Hinchey 100
Paul Hodes 100
Pete Hoekstra 22
Thomas Holden 89
Duncan Hunter 22
Kay Hutchison 43
Bob Inglis, Sr. 6
Daniel Inouye 100
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100
Tim Johnson 56
Steve Kagen 100
Paul Kanjorski 89
Ted Kaufman 93
Patrick Kennedy 100
Dale Kildee 100
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100
Mary Jo Kilroy 100
Larry Kissell 89
Ron Klein 100
Herb Kohl 93
Suzanne Kosmas 83
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 83
Dennis Kucinich 83
Jon Kyl 7
Steve LaTourette 56
Frank Lautenberg 100
Chris Lee 35
Jerry Lewis 28
Joe Lieberman 86
Blanche Lincoln 79
John Linder 6
Dick Lugar 43
Dan Lungren 28
Connie Mack IV 11
Don Manzullo 22
Betsy Markey 94
Jim Marshall 78
Eric Massa 83
Thaddeus McCotter 44
Michael McMahon 89
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 83
Brad Miller 100
Walt Minnick 61
Harry Mitchell 83
Alan Mollohan 94
Dennis Moore 100
Patrick Murphy 94
Scott Murphy 91
Jack Murtha 100
Sue Myrick 11
Ben Nelson 79
Glenn Nye III 83
Jim Oberstar 100
Dave Obey 100
John Olver 100
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 94
Ron Paul 0
Donald Payne 100
Tom Perriello 100
Todd Platts 56
Earl Pomeroy 94
George Radanovich 12
Denny Rehberg 33
Silvestre Reyes 100
Laura Richardson 100
Ciro Rodriguez 94
Mike Ross 88
Steve Rothman 100
Mark Schauer 100
Jean Schmidt 22
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100
John Shadegg 0
Heath Shuler 83
Ike Skelton 88
Olympia Snowe 64
Vic Snyder 100
Mark Souder 33
Zack Space 100
Arlen Specter 86
John Spratt, Jr. 100
Pete Stark 92
Cliff Stearns 22
Bart Stupak 83
John Sullivan 20
Betty Sutton 100
John Tanner 81
Gene Taylor 61
Harry Teague 94
Todd Tiahrt 13
Ed Towns 100
George Voinovich 38
Zach Wamp 25
Diane Watson 100
Mel Watt 100
Jim Webb, Jr. 93
Anthony Weiner 100
Robert Wexler 100
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 94
Lynn Woolsey 100
David Wu 100
Bill Young 41
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 89
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
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 93
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

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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