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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%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 27%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 17%
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%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 36%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 36%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 36%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 78%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 36%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 9%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 22%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 18%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 82%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 27%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 91%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 27%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 82%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 29%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 91%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 18%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 18%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 6%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 18%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 27%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 27%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 27%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 82%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 27%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 33%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 9%
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 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 28%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 22%
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 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
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 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 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 32 Grace Napolitano 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 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%
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 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 11%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter 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%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller 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%
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 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 6%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 13%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 28%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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 10 Bob Dold Republican 28%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%

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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