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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
James Leach 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 75%
Barney Frank 75%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 75%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 75%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 75%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 75%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 75%
Jim Oberstar 75%
John Olver 75%
Major Owens 75%
Ron Paul 75%
Donald Payne 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 75%
Pete Stark 75%
Ed Towns 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 75%
Diane Watson 75%
Mel Watt 75%
Anthony Weiner 75%
Lynn Woolsey 75%
David Wu 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 67%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
Gary Ackerman 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Rodney Alexander 50%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 50%
Joe Baca, Sr. 50%
Brian Baird 50%
Max Baucus 50%
Shelley Berkley 50%
Howard Berman 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
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%
Robert Byrd 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
Dennis Cardoza 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 50%
Edward Case 50%
Ben Chandler III 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 50%
Hillary Clinton 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
Kent Conrad 50%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
Jon Corzine 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Robert Cramer 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 50%
Artur Davis 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
James Davis 50%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 50%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
Bill Delahunt 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
Norm Dicks 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
Vern Ehlers 50%
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%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
Russ Feingold 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Bob Filner 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
Darlene Hooley 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 50%
Daniel Inouye 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%
William Jefferson 50%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
Paul Kanjorski 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
Dale Kildee 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
Herb Kohl 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
Frank Lautenberg 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
Blanche Lincoln 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%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
Robert Matsui 50%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 50%
Michael McNulty 50%
Martin Meehan 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 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 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 50%
Brad Miller 50%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
Dave Obey 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
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%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 50%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 50%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 50%
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%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
Vic Snyder 50%
Hilda Solis 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
Ted Strickland 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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