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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2005 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%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Thomas Allen 95%
Howard Berman 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
Julia Carson 95%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 95%
Bob Filner 95%
Barney Frank 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
Tom Lantos 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 95%
Dave Obey 95%
Major Owens 95%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
Paul Sarbanes 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%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 95%
Ellen Tauscher 95%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
Mel Watt 95%
Anthony Weiner 95%
Robert Wexler 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
Brian Baird 90%
Evan Bayh 90%
Shelley Berkley 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Russ Carnahan 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
Norm Dicks 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 90%
Darlene Hooley 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
Daniel Inouye 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
William Jefferson 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
Joe Lieberman 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 90%
Brad Miller 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
Steve Rothman 90%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 90%
Ted Strickland 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
David Wu 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 85%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
James Davis 85%
Byron Dorgan 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 85%
Bob Etheridge 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Jane Harman 85%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
Herb Kohl 85%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 85%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 85%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 85%
Vic Snyder 85%
John Spratt, Jr. 85%
Bart Stupak 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
Albert Wynn 85%
Melissa Bean 80%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Robert Byrd 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 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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