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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 22%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Jason Altmire 67%
Rob Andrews 94%
Steve Austria 28%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
Charlie Bass 28%
Max Baucus 100%
Rick Berg 17%
Shelley Berkley 89%
Howard Berman 94%
Judy Biggert 28%
Brian Bilbray 13%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 28%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 83%
Scott Brown 45%
Ann Marie Buerkle 11%
Dan Burton 11%
Francisco Canseco 12%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Ben Chandler III 67%
Hansen Clarke 94%
Kent Conrad 91%
Jerry Costello 89%
Chip Cravaack 17%
Mark Critz 94%
Geoff Davis 22%
James DeMint 27%
Norm Dicks 94%
Robert Dold 28%
David Dreier 28%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 94%
Elton Gallegly 22%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Frank Guinta 17%
Nan Hayworth 22%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Kathy Hochul 75%
Thomas Holden 78%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 31%
Dale Kildee 94%
Larry Kissell 89%
Herb Kohl 90%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 27%
Jeff Landry 18%
Steve LaTourette 44%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Jerry Lewis 22%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Dick Lugar 27%
Dan Lungren 22%
Connie Mack IV 6%
Don Manzullo 12%
Thaddeus McCotter 18%
John McHugh 89%
Brad Miller 94%
Sue Myrick 12%
Ben Nelson 82%
John Olver 93%
Ron Paul 14%
Donald Payne 94%
Todd Platts 22%
Ben Quayle 12%
Denny Rehberg 28%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 94%
David Rivera 33%
Mike Ross 67%
Steve Rothman 94%
Bobby Schilling 17%
Jean Schmidt 11%
Heath Shuler 83%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 94%
Cliff Stearns 6%
John Sullivan 18%
Betty Sutton 94%
Ellen Tauscher 94%
Ed Towns 100%
Joe Walsh 6%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
Allen West 28%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
Bill Young 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 94%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 89%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 89%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%

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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