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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%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 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%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
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%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
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%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Janet Kay Hagan Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 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%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
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%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
Rob Andrews 94%
Howard Berman 94%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 94%
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%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
Hansen Clarke 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
Mark Critz 94%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
Norm Dicks 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 94%
Barney Frank 94%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 94%
Dale Kildee 94%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 94%
Brad Miller 94%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
Donald Payne 94%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 94%
Laura Richardson 94%
Steve Rothman 94%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 94%
Pete Stark 94%
Betty Sutton 94%
Ellen Tauscher 94%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
Lynn Woolsey 94%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
Kent Conrad 91%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 91%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
Jeff Bingaman 90%

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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