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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%
John Adler 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 13%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Jason Altmire 81%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 81%
Steve Austria 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Michele Bachmann 13%
Spencer Bachus 31%
Brian Baird 75%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
John Barrow 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 85%
Melissa Bean 93%
Mark Begich 86%
Bob Bennett 17%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boccieri 94%
Kit Bond 21%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 25%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Dan Boren 80%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
Bruce Braley 94%
Bobby Bright 63%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 21%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 8%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 23%
Dave Camp 38%
John Campbell III 13%
Eric Cantor 13%
Joseph Cao 81%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 93%
Mike Castle 63%
Saxby Chambliss 8%
Ben Chandler III 81%
Travis Childers 81%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Kent Conrad 86%
Jerry Costello 88%
Kathy Dahlkemper 87%
Artur Davis 82%
Geoff Davis 33%
Lincoln Davis 88%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 93%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 88%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 63%
Brad Ellsworth 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 31%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Russ Feingold 93%
Bob Filner 94%
Barney Frank 93%
Elton Gallegly 27%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 8%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 38%
Kay Hagan 71%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 25%
Debbie Halvorson 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 93%
Jane Harman 100%
Doc Hastings 13%
Wally Herger, Jr. 19%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 69%
Baron Hill 94%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Paul Hodes 93%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 81%
Rush Holt, Jr. 94%
Kay Hutchison 7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 25%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
Mike Johanns 7%
Timothy Johnson 100%
Tim Johnson 31%
Steve Kagen 93%
Paul Kanjorski 88%
Ted Kaufman 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
Mary Jo Kilroy 94%
Jack Kingston 6%
Larry Kissell 81%
Ron Klein 94%
Herb Kohl 93%
Suzanne Kosmas 93%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 75%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 7%
Mary Landrieu 93%
Tom Latham 25%
Steve LaTourette 40%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
Chris Lee 19%
George LeMieux 8%
Carl Levin 93%
Jerry Lewis 19%
Joe Lieberman 79%
Blanche Lincoln 83%
John Linder 7%
Dick Lugar 14%
Dan Lungren 27%
Connie Mack IV 6%
Dan Maffei 100%
Don Manzullo 31%
Betsy Markey 94%
Jim Marshall 73%
Jim Matheson 69%
Carolyn McCarthy 100%
Thaddeus McCotter 20%
Mike McIntyre 75%
Buck McKeon 25%
Michael McMahon 81%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 80%
Mike Michaud 88%
Gary Miller 20%
George Miller 94%
Brad Miller 94%
Walt Minnick 69%
Harry Mitchell 81%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 93%
Patrick Murphy 94%
Scott Murphy 88%
Sue Myrick 13%
Ben Nelson 29%
Glenn Nye III 63%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 93%
John Olver 94%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 93%
Bill Owens 88%
Ed Pastor 94%
Ron Paul 13%
Donald Payne 88%
Tom Perriello 94%
Tom Petri 19%
Todd Platts 38%
Earl Pomeroy 94%
Mark Pryor 71%
George Radanovich 20%
Nick Rahall II 94%
Denny Rehberg 19%
Silvestre Reyes 93%
Laura Richardson 94%
Jay Rockefeller IV 93%
Ciro Rodriguez 94%
Mike Rogers 31%
Mike Ross 81%
Steve Rothman 100%
John Salazar 93%
Mark Schauer 94%
Jean Schmidt 6%
Aaron Schock 31%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 7%
Carol Shea-Porter 93%

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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