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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Food Policy Action

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ron Barber Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. 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%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 94%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 94%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Shelley Berkley 93%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 93%
Hansen Clarke 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 93%
Betty Sutton 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 93%
Rob Andrews 92%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 92%
Barney Frank 92%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
Donald Payne 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 90%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 89%
Daniel Inouye 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 89%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
Charlie Gonzalez 86%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 86%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 86%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
Ed Towns 86%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 86%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 83%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 83%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 83%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 83%
Jim Webb, Jr. 81%
Russ Carnahan 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
Norm Dicks 79%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 79%
Dale Kildee 79%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 79%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 79%
Brad Miller 79%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 79%
Silvestre Reyes 79%
Laura Richardson 79%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 79%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 79%
Scott Brown 78%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 78%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 78%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 78%
Herb Kohl 78%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 78%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 78%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
Mel Watt 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Kathy Hochul 75%

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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