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Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Robert Byrd 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 89%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 89%
Kent Conrad 89%
Jon Corzine 89%
Thomas Daschle 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
Byron Dorgan 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Russ Feingold 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
James Merrill Jeffords 89%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 89%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
Herb Kohl 89%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
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%
Paul Sarbanes 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
Jim Oberstar 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
Howard Berman 86%
John Edwards 83%
Gary Ackerman 78%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Thomas Allen 78%
Rob Andrews 78%
Brian Baird 78%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 78%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 78%
Shelley Berkley 78%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 78%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 78%
Edward Case 78%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 78%
James Davis 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 78%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 78%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 78%
Norm Dicks 78%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 78%
Bob Etheridge 78%
Lane Evans 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 78%
Bob Filner 78%
Barney Frank 78%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 78%
Jane Harman 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78%
Maurice Hinchey 78%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 78%
Darlene Hooley 78%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 78%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 78%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 78%
Patrick Kennedy 78%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 78%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
Dennis Kucinich 78%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 78%
Tom Lantos 78%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
James Leach 78%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 78%
Blanche Lincoln 78%
William Lipinski 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 78%
Robert Matsui 78%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 78%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 78%
Michael McNulty 78%
Martin Meehan 78%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 78%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 78%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 78%
Brad Miller 78%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
John Olver 78%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 78%
Donald Payne 78%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 78%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 78%
Steve Rothman 78%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 78%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 78%
Martin Olav Sabo 78%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 78%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 78%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 78%
Christopher Shays 78%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 78%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 78%
Vic Snyder 78%
Hilda Solis 78%
John Spratt, Jr. 78%
Pete Stark 78%
Ellen Tauscher 78%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 78%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 78%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 78%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 78%
Diane Watson 78%
Mel Watt 78%
Anthony Weiner 78%
Robert Wexler 78%
Lynn Woolsey 78%
David Wu 78%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
Bill Delahunt 75%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Baron Hill 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 75%
Dave Obey 75%
Major Owens 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 71%
Daniel Inouye 71%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 71%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Max Baucus 67%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Rick Boucher 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Julia Carson 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 67%
Peter Deutsch 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Thomas Holden 67%
Ernest Hollings 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67%
Dale Kildee 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67%
Nicholas Lampson 67%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67%
Denise Majette 67%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 67%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
Dennis Moore 67%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
Earl Pomeroy 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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