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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Born Free USA

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Brian Baird 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
James Greenwood 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Rob Andrews 89%
Roscoe Bartlett 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
Jerry Costello 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
Norm Dicks 89%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 89%
Lane Evans 89%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 89%
Harold Ford, Jr. 89%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 89%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 89%
Dale Kildee 89%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 89%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 89%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89%
Denise Majette 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 89%
Karen McCarthy 89%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
Michael McNulty 89%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 89%
Brad Miller 89%
John Olver 89%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 89%
Albert Wynn 89%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
Kent Conrad 80%
Jon Corzine 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
Russ Feingold 80%
Peter Fitzgerald 80%
Daniel Graham 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
James Merrill Jeffords 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 80%
Olympia Snowe 80%
Arlen Specter 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
Thomas Allen 78%
Charlie Bass 78%
Howard Berman 78%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 78%
Sherwood Boehlert 78%
Julia Carson 78%
Edward Case 78%
Mike Castle 78%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 78%
Vern Ehlers 78%
Michael Ferguson 78%
Elton Gallegly 78%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 78%
Mark Green 78%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 78%
Jane Harman 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 78%
Maurice Hinchey 78%
Darlene Hooley 78%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 78%
Nancy Johnson 78%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
James Leach 78%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 78%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 78%
Dennis Moore 78%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 78%
Jim Oberstar 78%
Major Owens 78%
Donald Payne 78%
James Ramstad 78%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 78%
Martin Olav Sabo 78%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 78%
Vic Snyder 78%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 78%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 78%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 78%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 67%
Chris Bell 67%
Judy Biggert 67%
Michael Bilirakis 67%
Rick Boucher 67%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 67%
James Davis 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
Sue Kelly 67%
William Lipinski 67%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
Todd Platts 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 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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