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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 61%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 28%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 22%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 17%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 61%
MN U.S. House 8 Rick Nolan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 89%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 6%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 2 Ann Wagner Republican 6%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 6%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 11%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 6%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 17%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 22%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 6%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 94%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 8 Richard Hudson Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 9 Robert Pittenger Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 11 Mark Meadows Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 13 George Holding Republican 6%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 28%
ND U.S. Senate Jr Heidi Heitkamp Democratic-NPL 94%
ND U.S. House At-Large Kevin Cramer Republican 17%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 17%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 0%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 94%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 28%
NH U.S. House 2 Ann Kuster Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 39%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 28%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 94%
NM U.S. House 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 12%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 17%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 94%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 18%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 28%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 39%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 18 Sean Maloney Democratic, Working Families 78%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 44%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 47%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 24%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 27 Chris Collins Republican 22%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 22%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 2 Brad Wenstrup Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 39%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 17%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 14 David Joyce Republican 41%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 17%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 6%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 11%
OK U.S. House 1 Jim Bridenstine Republican 22%
OK U.S. House 2 Markwayne Mullin Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 17%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 28%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 72%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 4 Scott Perry Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 39%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 22%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 12 Keith Rothfus Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 28%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 11%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 94%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 94%
SC U.S. House 7 Tom Rice Republican 11%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 6%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 89%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 14 Randy Weber Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 16 Beto O'Rourke Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 6%

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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