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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
Donald Payne 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 94%
Robert Byrd 94%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 94%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 94%
Paul Sarbanes 94%
Brian Baird 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 93%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 93%
Dave Obey 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
Hilda Solis 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
Ed Towns 93%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
Anthony Weiner 93%
Robert Wexler 93%
David Wu 93%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
James Leach 92%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 92%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 88%
Chris Dodd 88%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 88%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%
Gary Ackerman 87%
Howard Berman 87%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 87%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 87%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
Bob Etheridge 87%
Lane Evans 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 87%
Patrick Kennedy 87%
Dale Kildee 87%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
Michael McNulty 87%
Martin Meehan 87%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 87%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
Martin Olav Sabo 87%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
Ted Strickland 87%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
Albert Wynn 87%
Julia Carson 86%
Edward Case 86%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 86%
Bart Stupak 86%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 81%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 81%
Russ Feingold 81%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 81%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 81%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Jane Harman 80%
Darlene Hooley 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Tom Lantos 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
Dennis Moore 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 80%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 80%
Vic Snyder 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 79%
Brad Miller 79%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 79%
John Spratt, Jr. 79%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Herb Kohl 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 75%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 73%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
Artur Davis 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 73%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 73%
Ellen Tauscher 73%
James Davis 71%
William Jefferson 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 71%
Kent Conrad 69%
Byron Dorgan 69%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 69%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Marion Berry 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
Ben Chandler III 67%
Daniel Inouye 67%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 67%
Ron Paul 67%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 67%
Shelley Berkley 64%
Joe Lieberman 64%
Max Baucus 63%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 63%

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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