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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leading Age

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Donald Sherwood 50%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 56%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 50%
Hilda Solis 50%
Mark Souder 50%
Arlen Specter 67%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
Pete Stark 50%
Cliff Stearns 50%
Ted Stevens 44%
Ted Strickland 50%
Bart Stupak 0%
John Sullivan 50%
John Sununu 33%
John Sweeney 50%
James Talent 44%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 100%
Craig Thomas 22%
William Thomas 50%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
Ed Towns 50%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 50%
George Voinovich 67%
James Walsh 50%
Zach Wamp 50%
John Warner 44%
Diane Watson 50%
Mel Watt 50%
Anthony Weiner 50%
David Weldon 50%
W. Curtis Weldon 50%
Gerald Weller 50%
Robert Wexler 50%
Heather Wilson 100%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
Albert Wynn 50%
Bill Young 50%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 78%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 67%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 50%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 56%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 89%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 50%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 89%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 89%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 50%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 44%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 50%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 50%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 44%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 44%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 44%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50%

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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