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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 50%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Brian Baird 50%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 50%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Bennett 25%
Shelley Berkley 50%
Howard Berman 50%
Marion Berry 50%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 25%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 25%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 100%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 50%
Mike Castle 50%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 50%
Kent Conrad 33%
Jerry Costello 100%
Artur Davis 50%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 50%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Norm Dicks 50%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 0%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
John Ensign 25%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
Judd Gregg 0%
John Hall 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Baron Hill 50%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
Kay Hutchison 25%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 50%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Ron Klein 100%
Herb Kohl 75%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 25%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 33%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 25%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 50%
Jim Marshall 0%
Melquiades Martinez 50%
Thaddeus McCotter 0%
John McHugh 0%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 50%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 50%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 50%
Patrick Murphy 100%
Jack Murtha 50%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 50%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Ron Paul 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Todd Platts 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
George Radanovich 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 50%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jean Schmidt 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 50%
John Shadegg 0%
Heath Shuler 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 50%
Mark Souder 0%
Zack Space 50%
Arlen Specter 33%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 0%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 100%
George Voinovich 25%
Zach Wamp 50%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 50%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 50%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Bill Young 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 50%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%

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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