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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. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 86%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don 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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 31%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 71%
AR U.S. Senate Jr 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 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
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 11 George Miller 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 17 Mike Honda Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 25%
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 31 Gary Miller Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
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 45 John Campbell III Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 94%
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 Mark Udall Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate Jr 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%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 93%
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 1 Jeff Miller Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 94%
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%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 36%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 8%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 6%
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 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 81%
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. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 25%
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. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 42%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez 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%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 31%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
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 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 38%
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 Mary Landrieu Democratic 93%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 21%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 7%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
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 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 88%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 38%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 25%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 13%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 71%
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 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 27%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 19%
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%

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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