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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 55%
Rob Andrews 70%
Michael Arcuri 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 82%
Brian Baird 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 9%
Max Baucus 88%
Evan Bayh 88%
Melissa Bean 73%
Bob Bennett 13%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 82%
Marion Berry 91%
Judy Biggert 18%
Brian Bilbray 18%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 13%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 11%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Dan Boren 27%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 73%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 64%
Henry Brown, Jr. 9%
Ginny Brown-Waite 9%
Jim Bunning 14%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 75%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 82%
Russ Carnahan 91%
Christopher Carney 55%
Mike Castle 55%
Ben Chandler III 73%
Kent Conrad 75%
Jerry Costello 91%
Artur Davis 64%
Geoff Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 36%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 18%
Norm Dicks 82%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 86%
David Dreier 9%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Brad Ellsworth 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 64%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 91%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 9%
Gabrielle Giffords 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Bart Gordon 55%
Judd Gregg 14%
John Hall 91%
Phil Hare 91%
Jane Harman 91%
Wally Herger, Jr. 9%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 73%
Baron Hill 64%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 91%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 64%
Kay Hutchison 25%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 18%
Daniel Inouye 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 36%
Steve Kagen 91%
Paul Kanjorski 82%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 91%
Dale Kildee 82%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Ron Klein 67%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Jon Kyl 0%
Steve LaTourette 27%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Jerry Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 63%
Blanche Lincoln 86%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 57%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 9%
Don Manzullo 18%
Jim Marshall 9%
Melquiades Martinez 25%
Thaddeus McCotter 9%
John McHugh 36%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 27%
Brad Miller 82%
Harry Mitchell 55%
Alan Mollohan 73%
Dennis Moore 82%
Patrick Murphy 73%
Jack Murtha 91%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 75%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 91%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 67%
Ron Paul 71%
Donald Payne 100%
Todd Platts 36%
Earl Pomeroy 64%
George Radanovich 10%
Denny Rehberg 18%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 73%
Mike Ross 55%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jean Schmidt 10%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 73%
John Shadegg 0%
Heath Shuler 64%
Ike Skelton 67%
Olympia Snowe 63%
Vic Snyder 64%
Mark Souder 10%
Zack Space 45%
Arlen Specter 38%
John Spratt, Jr. 64%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 9%
Bart Stupak 90%
John Sullivan 0%
Betty Sutton 91%
John Tanner 55%
Gene Taylor 36%
Todd Tiahrt 9%
Ed Towns 73%
George Voinovich 13%
Zach Wamp 18%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 88%
Anthony Weiner 91%
Robert Wexler 91%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 64%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 91%
Bill Young 27%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
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 90%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
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 88%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 82%
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 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II 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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