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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: State PIRGs Working Together

2006 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%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Dave Obey 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Thomas Allen 95%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
Russ Carnahan 95%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 95%
Bob Filner 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
Darlene Hooley 95%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Tom Lantos 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
Brad Miller 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
John Olver 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
Pete Stark 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
Brian Baird 91%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
Hillary Clinton 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
Bill Delahunt 91%
Norm Dicks 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 91%
Dale Kildee 91%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 91%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 91%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 91%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 91%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91%
Julia Carson 86%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 86%
Chris Dodd 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 86%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 86%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 86%
Donald Payne 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 86%
David Wu 86%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 82%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
Bob Etheridge 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
Vic Snyder 82%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 82%
Bart Stupak 82%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 82%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 77%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Evan Bayh 77%
Melissa Bean 77%
Ben Chandler III 77%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 73%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 73%
Jerry Costello 73%
Dennis Moore 73%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 73%
Rob Andrews 68%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 68%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 68%
Jane Harman 68%
Daniel Inouye 68%
Herb Kohl 68%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 68%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 68%
Ken Salazar 68%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
Robert Byrd 64%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 64%
Byron Dorgan 64%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 64%
Tim Johnson 64%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 64%
Paul Kanjorski 64%
Joe Lieberman 64%
Jim Marshall 64%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 64%
Christopher Shays 64%
Ike Skelton 64%
Olympia Snowe 64%

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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