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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Bob Filner 100%
John Olver 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
David Edward Bonior 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
Jon Corzine 95%
William Coyne 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
Barney Frank 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
Daniel Inouye 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
Martin Meehan 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
Major Owens 95%
Donald Payne 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
Pete Stark 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Thomas Allen 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
Howard Berman 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
Thomas Daschle 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Lane Evans 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Ernest Hollings 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Gerald Kleczka 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
John LaFalce 90%
Tom Lantos 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
Joe Lieberman 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
William Luther 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
Robert Matsui 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
Dave Obey 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Joe Baca, Sr. 85%
Brian Baird 85%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Jean Carnahan 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
Kent Conrad 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
Peter Deutsch 85%
Byron Dorgan 85%
John Edwards 85%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Daniel Graham 85%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 85%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 85%
Darlene Hooley 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
William Jefferson 85%
Dale Kildee 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
Herb Kohl 85%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
Michael McNulty 85%
Carrie Meek 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 85%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
Ciro Rodriguez 85%
Steve Rothman 85%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 85%
Ted Strickland 85%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 85%
Karen Thurman 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
Robert Wexler 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
Albert Wynn 85%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Robert Byrd 80%
Norm Dicks 80%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
Jonas Frost III 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
Jane Harman 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 80%
Nicholas Lampson 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%

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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