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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Frank Ballance, Jr. 100%
Howard Berman 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Thomas Allen 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
Jon Corzine 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Thomas Daschle 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
John Edwards 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 95%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
James Merrill Jeffords 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Herb Kohl 95%
Tom Lantos 95%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Joe Lieberman 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
Denise Majette 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
Martin Meehan 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
Major Owens 95%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 95%
Ciro Rodriguez 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
Ed Towns 95%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
Mel Watt 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
Robert Wexler 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Robert Byrd 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Daniel Graham 90%
Jane Harman 90%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
William Jefferson 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
Nicholas Lampson 90%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
Robert Matsui 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
Brad Miller 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
Dave Obey 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
Ted Strickland 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Albert Wynn 90%
Brian Baird 85%
Chris Bell 85%
Shelley Berkley 85%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 85%
Leonard Boswell 85%
Rick Boucher 85%
Dennis Cardoza 85%
Edward Case 85%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 85%
Norm Dicks 85%
Calvin Dooley 85%
Harold Ford, Jr. 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 85%
Darlene Hooley 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 85%
Dennis Kucinich 85%
Jim Marshall 85%
Michael McNulty 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 85%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 85%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 85%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 85%
Mike Ross 85%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 85%
John Spratt, Jr. 85%

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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