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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
Jon Corzine 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
Bob Filner 95%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
James Merrill Jeffords 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 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%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Pete Stark 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Anthony Weiner 95%
Robert Wexler 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Jane Harman 90%
Maurice Hinchey 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%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Tom Lantos 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
Martin Meehan 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
Dave Obey 90%
Donald Payne 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Julia Carson 86%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
Lane Evans 86%
Barney Frank 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 86%
Robert Matsui 86%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
Brad Miller 86%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Lynn Woolsey 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
Rob Andrews 81%
Brian Baird 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 81%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 81%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 81%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 81%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 81%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Robert Byrd 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
Thomas Allen 76%
Howard Berman 76%
Edward Case 76%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 76%
James Davis 76%
Norm Dicks 76%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 76%
Harold Ford, Jr. 76%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Jim Oberstar 76%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 76%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 76%
David Wu 76%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
Bob Etheridge 71%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 71%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 71%
Dennis Moore 71%
Vic Snyder 71%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Ted Strickland 71%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 70%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
Jerry Costello 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67%
James Leach 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
Christopher Shays 67%
Evan Bayh 65%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 65%
Kent Conrad 65%
Shelley Berkley 62%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 62%
Charlie Gonzalez 62%
Thomas Holden 62%
Paul Kanjorski 62%
Sue Kelly 62%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 62%
Bart Stupak 62%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
Albert Wynn 62%
Max Baucus 60%
Byron Dorgan 60%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
Leonard Boswell 57%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 57%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 57%

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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