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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2012 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 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 9%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 18%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 29%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 25%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 35%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 12%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 24%
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 19%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
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 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 31%
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 100%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 25%
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 94%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 6%
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 6%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 91%
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 24%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 19%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 82%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 94%
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 94%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
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 29%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
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 94%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 53%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 9%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 19%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 41%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 6%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 29%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 13%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 29%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 18%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 76%
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican 7%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 29%
IN U.S. House 9 Todd Young Republican 18%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 18%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 24%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 7%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 6%
KS U.S. House 4 Mike Pompeo Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 25%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 35%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 100%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 12%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 7%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
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 88%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 6%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 12%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 18%

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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