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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
William Coyne 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 93%
Anthony Weiner 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Jon Corzine 92%
Thomas Daschle 92%
Bill Delahunt 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Tom Harkin 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 92%
Herb Kohl 92%
Carl Levin 92%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
John Olver 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
Diane Watson 88%
David Edward Bonior 86%
Eva Clayton 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
Martin Meehan 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
Jim Oberstar 86%
Donald Payne 86%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 86%
Ciro Rodriguez 86%
Martin Olav Sabo 86%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 86%
John Tierney 86%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
Henry Waxman 86%
Lynn Woolsey 86%
David Wu 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
Chris Dodd 85%
John Edwards 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Barney Frank 85%
Daniel Graham 85%
Ernest Hollings 85%
Mary Landrieu 85%
Robert Matsui 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 85%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 85%
Major Owens 85%
Jay Rockefeller IV 85%
Paul Sarbanes 85%
Pete Stark 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Daniel Inouye 83%
Carrie Meek 83%
Gary Ackerman 79%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 79%
Howard Berman 79%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79%
Julia Carson 79%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
Charlie Gonzalez 79%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
Rush Holt, Jr. 79%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 79%
William Jefferson 79%
Gerald Kleczka 79%
John LaFalce 79%
William Luther 79%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 79%
Michael McNulty 79%
George Miller 79%
Ed Pastor 79%
Earl Pomeroy 79%
Mark Udall 79%
Albert Wynn 79%
Thomas Allen 77%
Evan Bayh 77%
Rick Boucher 77%
Robert Byrd 77%
Hillary Clinton 77%
Kent Conrad 77%
Byron Dorgan 77%
Timothy Johnson 77%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 77%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
Brian Baird 71%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 71%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71%
Peter Deutsch 71%
Norm Dicks 71%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 71%
Lane Evans 71%
Harold Ford, Jr. 71%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 71%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 71%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 71%
Darlene Hooley 71%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
Constance Morella 71%
Dave Obey 71%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
Karen Thurman 71%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 71%
Robert Wexler 71%
James Merrill Jeffords 69%
Nicholas Lampson 69%
Joe Lieberman 69%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
Vic Snyder 69%
Ed Towns 69%
Neil Abercrombie 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
James Davis 64%
Tony Hall 64%
Baron Hill 64%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
Tom Lantos 64%
Carolyn McCarthy 64%
Jim Moran, Jr. 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 64%
Nick Rahall II 64%
Timothy Roemer 64%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 64%
Linc Chafee 62%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 62%
Jane Harman 62%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 62%
Patrick Kennedy 62%
Leonard Boswell 57%
Robert Clement 57%
John Dingell 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 57%
Jonas Frost III 57%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 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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