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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
David Edward Bonior 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bob Filner 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
John LaFalce 95%
Tom Lantos 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
John Olver 95%
Major Owens 95%
Donald Payne 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
Mark Udall 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%
Chris Dodd 94%
Russ Feingold 94%
Tom Harkin 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
Paul Sarbanes 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
Paul Wellstone 94%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Thomas Allen 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Rush Holt, Jr. 90%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
George Miller 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Ed Towns 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
John Edwards 89%
Daniel Graham 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Rob Andrews 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
Julia Carson 85%
Eva Clayton 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
Barney Frank 85%
Darlene Hooley 85%
Dale Kildee 85%
Gerald Kleczka 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
William Luther 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
Michael McNulty 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
Dave Obey 85%
Steve Rothman 85%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 85%
Christopher Shays 85%
Pete Stark 85%
Ellen Tauscher 85%
John Tierney 85%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
Mel Watt 85%
David Wu 85%
Max Baucus 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
Jay Rockefeller IV 83%
Robert Torricelli 83%
Howard Berman 80%
Linc Chafee 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
Karen McCarthy 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
Constance Morella 80%
Jim Oberstar 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Evan Bayh 78%
Timothy Johnson 78%
Carl Levin 78%
Joe Lieberman 78%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 75%
Shelley Berkley 75%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
Peter Deutsch 75%
Norm Dicks 75%
John Dingell 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
James Maloney 75%
Carolyn McCarthy 75%
Carrie Meek 75%
Dennis Moore 75%
Nick Rahall II 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
Jim Saxton 75%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 72%
James Merrill Jeffords 72%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 72%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 72%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
Brian Baird 70%
Rick Boucher 70%
James Davis 70%
Tony Hall 70%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
Sue Kelly 70%
Ed Pastor 70%
Marge Roukema 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
Ted Strickland 70%
Bart Stupak 70%
Thomas Daschle 67%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Herb Kohl 67%
Sherwood Boehlert 65%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
Benjamin Gilman 65%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 65%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
William Jefferson 65%
William Lipinski 65%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
Jim Moran, Jr. 65%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 65%
Vic Snyder 65%
Albert Wynn 65%
Byron Dorgan 61%
Daniel Inouye 61%
Mary Landrieu 61%

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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