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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 8 Tammy Duckworth Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Steven Horsford 100%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 100%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster 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%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
Carl Levin 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi 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%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 41 Mark Takano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
John Tierney 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
Rob Andrews 94%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 94%
Mark Begich 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
Tim Bishop 94%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 94%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. 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%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 94%
John Dingell 94%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 94%
Tom Harkin 94%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 94%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 94%
ND U.S. Senate Jr Heidi Heitkamp Democratic-NPL 94%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
Timothy Johnson 94%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 6 Derek Kilmer Democratic 94%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 94%
George Miller 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 8 Rick Nolan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
TX U.S. House 16 Beto O'Rourke Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
Ed Pastor 94%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 94%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 94%
Jay Rockefeller IV 94%
CA U.S. House 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
Brad Schneider 94%
Allyson Schwartz 94%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 94%
Carol Shea-Porter 94%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 94%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 94%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 94%
Mark Udall 94%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
Mel Watt 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
Rush Holt, Jr. 93%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%

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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