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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
Julia Carson 95%
Jon Corzine 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 95%
Tom Lantos 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
Jim Oberstar 95%
John Olver 95%
Major Owens 95%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 95%
Steve Rothman 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
Hilda Solis 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
Brian Baird 90%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
Dave Obey 90%
Donald Payne 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price 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%
Bart Stupak 90%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
Russ Feingold 86%
Charlie Gonzalez 86%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 86%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
Ted Strickland 86%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Mel Watt 86%
David Wu 86%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 81%
Leonard Boswell 81%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 81%
Hillary Clinton 81%
Jerry Costello 81%
James Davis 81%
Norm Dicks 81%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 81%
John Edwards 81%
Bob Etheridge 81%
Ernest Hollings 81%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 81%
Paul Kanjorski 81%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 81%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 81%
Joe Lieberman 81%
Martin Meehan 81%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 81%
Dennis Moore 81%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 81%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 81%
Ciro Rodriguez 81%
Vic Snyder 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
Pete Stark 81%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 81%
Albert Wynn 81%
Byron Dorgan 76%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
Bart Gordon 76%
Daniel Graham 76%
Jane Harman 76%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 76%
Daniel Inouye 76%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 76%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 76%
Earl Pomeroy 76%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 76%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 76%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
Rick Boucher 71%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 71%
Robert Byrd 71%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
Thomas Daschle 71%
Jonas Frost III 71%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 71%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 71%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Max Baucus 67%
Marion Berry 67%
Harold Ford, Jr. 67%
Baron Hill 67%
Thomas Holden 67%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
Herb Kohl 67%

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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