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Rating Group: Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org

2007 Positions on Middle Class Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100
Gary Ackerman 90
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 40
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Todd Akin 0
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 20
Rodney Alexander 20
Wayne Allard 0
Thomas Allen 100
Jason Altmire 100
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 100
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20
Brian Baird 89
Richard Hugh Baker 13
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 14
J. Gresham Barrett 11
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 70
Roscoe Bartlett 10
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0
Max Baucus 70
Evan Bayh 80
Melissa Bean 78
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90
Bob Bennett 30
Shelley Berkley 100
Howard Berman 90
Marion Berry 90
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100
Judy Biggert 30
Brian Bilbray 0
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 30
Jeff Bingaman 90
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 90
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0
Kit Bond 10
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10
Mary Bono Mack 50
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 30
Dan Boren 57
Leonard Boswell 90
Rick Boucher 100
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 10
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100
Allen Boyd, Jr. 78
Nancy Boyda 100
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90
Henry Brown, Jr. 11
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29
Ginny Brown-Waite 30
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 50
Jim Bunning 0
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10
Dan Burton 10
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90
Robert Byrd 70
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0
Chris Cannon 0
Eric Cantor 0
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90
Dennis Cardoza 90
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 100
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 89
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 11
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100
Mike Castle 70
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 80
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20
Ben Chandler III 100
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90
Hillary Clinton 100
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 22
Norm Coleman 60
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0
Kent Conrad 80
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 78
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 20
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 20
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90
Jerry Costello 100
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
Larry Craig 22
Robert Cramer 90
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 22
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 90
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100
Artur Davis 90
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100
David Davis 10
Geoff Davis 20
Lincoln Davis 89
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90
Thomas Davis III 30
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90
Bill Delahunt 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
James DeMint 0
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40
Norm Dicks 89
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90
Chris Dodd 100
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90
Elizabeth Dole 10
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 100
John Doolittle 0
Byron Dorgan 80
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100
Thelma Drake 10
David Dreier 0
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90
Chet Edwards 90
Vern Ehlers 30
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
Brad Ellsworth 89
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 90
Jo Ann Emerson 60
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90
Philip English 50
John Ensign 22
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90
Bob Etheridge 80
Terry Everett 13
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 20
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90
Tom Feeney 0
Russ Feingold 100
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90
Michael Ferguson 60
Bob Filner 100
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 30
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0
Barney Frank 90
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40
Elton Gallegly 0
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 60
Gabrielle Giffords 100
Wayne Gilchrest 56
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 90
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 10
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20
Charlie Gonzalez 90
Virgil Goode, Jr. 30
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 30
Bart Gordon 90
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 89
Judd Gregg 10
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez 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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