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Rating Group: Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress

2009 Progressive Action Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Maurice Hinchey 83%
Russ Feingold 80%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 79%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 76%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 76%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 76%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 76%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 72%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 72%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 72%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 69%
Rush Holt, Jr. 69%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 69%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 69%
Lynn Woolsey 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 68%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 68%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 68%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 68%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 66%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 66%
Dennis Kucinich 66%
George Miller 66%
Jim Moran, Jr. 66%
John Olver 66%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 64%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
Tom Harkin 64%
Frank Lautenberg 64%
Carl Levin 64%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 64%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 64%
Arlen Specter 64%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 62%
Barney Frank 62%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 62%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 62%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 62%
Donald Payne 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 62%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 60%
Chris Dodd 60%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 60%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 59%
Howard Berman 59%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 59%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 59%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 59%
Ed Pastor 59%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 59%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 59%
José Serrano 59%
Pete Stark 59%
John Tierney 59%
Diane Watson 59%
Henry Waxman 59%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 59%
David Wu 59%
Jeff Bingaman 56%
Roland Burris 56%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 56%
Mark Udall 56%
Jim Webb, Jr. 56%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 55%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 55%
Phil Hare 55%
Jane Harman 55%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 55%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 55%
Patrick Kennedy 55%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 55%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 55%
Steve Rothman 55%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 55%
Carol Shea-Porter 55%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 55%
Ed Towns 55%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 55%
Tim Bishop 52%
William Clay, Sr. 52%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 52%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 52%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 52%
Kay Hagan 52%
Daniel Inouye 52%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 52%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 52%
Herb Kohl 52%
Mary Landrieu 52%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 52%
Joe Lieberman 52%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 52%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 52%
Jay Rockefeller IV 52%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 52%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 52%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 52%
Betty Sutton 52%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 52%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 52%
Mel Watt 52%
Rob Andrews 48%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 48%
Russ Carnahan 48%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 48%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 48%
Bill Delahunt 48%
Byron Dorgan 48%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 48%
Paul Hodes 48%
Ted Kaufman 48%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 48%
Mike Michaud 48%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 48%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 48%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 48%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 48%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 48%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 48%
Olympia Snowe 48%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 48%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 48%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 48%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 48%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 48%
Gary Ackerman 45%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 45%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 45%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 45%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 45%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 45%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 45%
John Hall 45%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 45%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 45%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 45%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 45%
Dan Maffei 45%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 45%
Brad Miller 45%
Dennis Moore 45%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 45%
Laura Richardson 45%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 45%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 45%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 45%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 45%
Anthony Weiner 45%
Mark Begich 44%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 44%
Timothy Johnson 44%
Blanche Lincoln 44%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 44%
Brian Baird 41%
Shelley Berkley 41%
Bruce Braley 41%
Charlie Gonzalez 41%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 41%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 41%
Mary Jo Kilroy 41%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 41%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 41%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 41%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 41%
Allyson Schwartz 41%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 41%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 41%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
Kent Conrad 40%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%

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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