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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 28%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 28%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 28%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 28%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 22%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 91%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 11%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 33%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 36%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 72%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 6%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 22%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 13%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 28%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 27%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 28%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 18%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 36%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican 6%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 7%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 22%
IN U.S. House 9 Todd Young Republican 17%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 36%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 78%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 6%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 11%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 17%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 22%
KS U.S. House 4 Mike Pompeo Republican 6%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 28%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 36%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 89%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 17%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 22%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 9%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 94%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 11%
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 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 89%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%

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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