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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%
Brian Baird 75%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 85%
Melissa Bean 93%
Bob Bennett 17%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
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%
Bobby Bright 63%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 21%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
Jim Bunning 8%
Roland Burris 100%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 23%
Eric Cantor 13%
Joseph Cao 81%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 93%
Mike Castle 63%
Ben Chandler III 81%
Travis Childers 81%
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%
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%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 8%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 38%
John Hall 100%
Debbie Halvorson 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 19%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 69%
Baron Hill 94%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Paul Hodes 93%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 81%
Kay Hutchison 7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 25%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
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%
Larry Kissell 81%
Ron Klein 94%
Herb Kohl 93%
Suzanne Kosmas 93%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 75%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 7%
Steve LaTourette 40%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
Chris Lee 19%
George LeMieux 8%
Jerry Lewis 19%
Joe Lieberman 79%
Blanche Lincoln 83%
John Linder 7%
Dick Lugar 14%
Dan Lungren 27%
Connie Mack IV 6%
Don Manzullo 31%
Betsy Markey 94%
Jim Marshall 73%
Thaddeus McCotter 20%
Michael McMahon 81%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 80%
Brad Miller 94%
Walt Minnick 69%
Harry Mitchell 81%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
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%
Ron Paul 13%
Donald Payne 88%
Tom Perriello 94%
Todd Platts 38%
Earl Pomeroy 94%
George Radanovich 20%
Denny Rehberg 19%
Silvestre Reyes 93%
Laura Richardson 94%
Ciro Rodriguez 94%
Mike Ross 81%
Steve Rothman 100%
Mark Schauer 94%
Jean Schmidt 6%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 7%
Heath Shuler 80%
Ike Skelton 81%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 100%
Zack Space 81%
Arlen Specter 93%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 25%
Bart Stupak 80%
John Sullivan 19%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 71%
Gene Taylor 50%
Harry Teague 88%
Todd Tiahrt 23%
Ed Towns 87%
George Voinovich 21%
Zach Wamp 10%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 94%
Jim Webb, Jr. 86%
Anthony Weiner 94%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 94%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
David Wu 93%
Bill Young 27%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 81%
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%
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 94%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 93%
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%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 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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