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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
David Minge 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
Julia Carson 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 91%
Herb Kohl 91%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
William Luther 91%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 91%
Martin Meehan 91%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
Major Owens 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 91%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 91%
Pete Stark 91%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Mel Watt 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
Ed Towns 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
Bart Stupak 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 86%
Thomas Allen 82%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
David Edward Bonior 82%
Richard Bryan 82%
William Coyne 82%
Byron Dorgan 82%
Vern Ehlers 82%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 82%
Maurice Hinchey 82%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 82%
James Merrill Jeffords 82%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 82%
Bob Kerrey 82%
Frank Lautenberg 82%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
Joe Lieberman 82%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 82%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
John Olver 82%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 82%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 82%
Martin Olav Sabo 82%
David Wu 82%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 82%
Bill Delahunt 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
Darlene Hooley 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 78%
Bruce Vento 75%
Brian Baird 73%
Evan Bayh 73%
Jeff Bingaman 73%
Robert Byrd 73%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 73%
John Edwards 73%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
Lane Evans 73%
Barney Frank 73%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 73%
Tony Hall 73%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 73%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
Gerald Kleczka 73%
Blanche Lincoln 73%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
Robert Matsui 73%
Karen McCarthy 73%
John Moakley 73%
Constance Morella 73%
Patrick Moynihan 73%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 73%
Donald Payne 73%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
James Ramstad 73%
Charles Robb 73%
Paul Sarbanes 73%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 73%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 73%
Christopher Shays 73%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 73%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 73%
Gary Ackerman 70%
Howard Berman 70%
Chris Dodd 70%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 70%
Dennis Kucinich 70%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 70%
Thomas Campbell 67%
Thomas Daschle 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 64%
Max Baucus 64%
Kent Conrad 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
Norm Dicks 64%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 64%
Chet Edwards 64%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 64%
Jonas Frost III 64%
Daniel Graham 64%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 64%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 64%
Ernest Hollings 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 64%
Dale Kildee 64%
John LaFalce 64%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 64%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 64%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 64%
Ron Paul 64%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 64%
John Edward Porter 64%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 64%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 64%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
Charles Stenholm 64%
Ted Strickland 64%
Robert Torricelli 64%
James Turner 64%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 64%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 64%
Julian Dixon 63%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 63%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 60%
Daniel Inouye 60%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 60%
James Leach 60%
Carrie Meek 60%
Timothy Roemer 60%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 60%
William Clay, Sr. 57%
Harold Ford, Jr. 56%
Ronald Klink 56%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 55%
Marion Berry 55%
Robert Borski, Jr. 55%
Rick Boucher 55%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 55%
Robert Clement 55%
James Davis 55%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 55%
Calvin Dooley 55%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
Bob Etheridge 55%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 55%
Sam Gejdenson 55%
Charlie Gonzalez 55%

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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