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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 31%
John Adler 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 13%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Jason Altmire 81%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 81%
Steve Austria 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 31%
Brian Baird 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 85%
Melissa Bean 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
Bob Bennett 17%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 29%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 13%
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 19%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
John Boccieri 94%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 21%
Kit Bond 21%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 25%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 25%
Dan Boren 80%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 80%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
Bobby Bright 63%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
Jim Bunning 8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
Steve Buyer 23%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 93%
Joseph Cao 81%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 93%
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 6%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
Mike Castle 63%
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 8%
Ben Chandler III 81%
Travis Childers 81%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 87%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
Kent Conrad 86%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
Jerry Costello 88%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 27%
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 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
Kathy Dahlkemper 87%
Artur Davis 82%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
Geoff Davis 33%
Lincoln Davis 88%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 38%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 81%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 88%
Byron Dorgan 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 87%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 63%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
Brad Ellsworth 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 31%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 94%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
Bob Etheridge 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 94%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 19%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 93%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 88%
Elton Gallegly 27%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 6%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 7%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
Bart Gordon 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 7%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
Judd Gregg 8%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 38%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 19%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez 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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