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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 33%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 50%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 31%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 13%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 94%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 7%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 14%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 7%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 19%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 25%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 86%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 25%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 81%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 83%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 87%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 8%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 19%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 79%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 27%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 86%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 38%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 38%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 94%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 25%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 31%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
OH State House 59 John Boccieri Democratic 94%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 25%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 31%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 63%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed 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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