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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%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 28%
John Barrow 72%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
Charlie Bass 28%
Max Baucus 100%
Mark Begich 100%
Rick Berg 17%
Shelley Berkley 89%
Howard Berman 94%
Judy Biggert 28%
Brian Bilbray 13%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Tim Bishop 94%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 28%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 83%
Bruce Braley 94%
Paul Broun 6%
Scott Brown 45%
Ann Marie Buerkle 11%
Dan Burton 11%
Dave Camp 24%
John Campbell III 18%
Francisco Canseco 12%
Eric Cantor 6%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Saxby Chambliss 18%
Ben Chandler III 67%
Hansen Clarke 94%
Howard Coble 12%
Thomas Coburn 20%
Kent Conrad 91%
Jerry Costello 89%
Chip Cravaack 17%
Mark Critz 94%
Geoff Davis 22%
James DeMint 27%
Norm Dicks 94%
John Dingell 94%
David Dreier 28%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 94%
Elton Gallegly 22%
Jim Gerlach 28%
Phil Gingrey 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Michael Grimm 18%
Kay Hagan 100%
Ralph Hall 11%
Colleen Hanabusa 100%
Tom Harkin 91%
Doc Hastings 11%
Nan Hayworth 22%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Thomas Holden 78%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Mike Johanns 27%
Timothy Johnson 91%
Tim Johnson 31%
Dale Kildee 94%
Jack Kingston 17%
Larry Kissell 89%
Herb Kohl 90%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 27%
Mary Landrieu 91%
Jeff Landry 18%
Tom Latham 22%
Steve LaTourette 44%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Carl Levin 91%
Jerry Lewis 22%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Dick Lugar 27%
Dan Lungren 22%
Connie Mack IV 6%
Don Manzullo 12%
Jim Matheson 72%
Carolyn McCarthy 94%
Thaddeus McCotter 18%
John McHugh 89%
Mike McIntyre 67%
Buck McKeon 22%
Mike Michaud 89%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 94%
Brad Miller 94%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Sue Myrick 12%
Ben Nelson 82%
Alan Nunnelee 22%
John Olver 93%
Bill Owens 89%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 14%
Donald Payne 94%
Tom Petri 6%
Todd Platts 22%
Mark Pryor 91%
Ben Quayle 12%
Nick Rahall II 89%
Denny Rehberg 28%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 94%
David Rivera 33%
Jay Rockefeller IV 91%
Mike Rogers 17%
Mike Ross 67%
Steve Rothman 94%
Jon Runyan 22%
Bobby Schilling 17%
Jean Schmidt 11%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
José Serrano 100%
Heath Shuler 83%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Hilda Solis 100%
Steve Southerland 6%
Pete Stark 94%
Cliff Stearns 6%
John Sullivan 18%
Betty Sutton 94%
Ellen Tauscher 94%
Lee Terry 28%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Mark Udall 91%
Joe Walsh 6%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
Allen West 28%
Frank Wolf 28%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
Bill Young 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
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%
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%
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 Democratic 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards 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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