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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
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Thomas Allen 100
Jason Altmire 100
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 100
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
Shelley Berkley 100
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100
Rick Boucher 100
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100
Nancy Boyda 100
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 100
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100
Ben Chandler III 100
Hillary Clinton 100
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
Jerry Costello 100
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
Bill Delahunt 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
Chris Dodd 100
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
Russ Feingold 100
Bob Filner 100
Gabrielle Giffords 100
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100
John Hall 100
Phil Hare 100
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100
Maurice Hinchey 100
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100
Paul Hodes 100
Thomas Holden 100
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100
William Jefferson 100
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100
Steve Kagen 100
Paul Kanjorski 100
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100
Patrick Kennedy 100
Dale Kildee 100
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100
Tom Lantos 100
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100
Michael McNulty 100
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100
Brad Miller 100
Alan Mollohan 100
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100
Patrick Murphy 100
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 100
Jim Oberstar 100
Dave Obey 100
John Olver 100
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100
Donald Payne 100
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100
Laura Richardson 100
Ciro Rodriguez 100
Steve Rothman 100
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100
Heath Shuler 100
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100
Hilda Solis 100
Zack Space 100
John Spratt, Jr. 100
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100
Pete Stark 100
Bart Stupak 100
Betty Sutton 100
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100
Diane Watson 100
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100
Robert Wexler 100
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100
Lynn Woolsey 100
David Wu 100
Albert Wynn 100
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100
Gary Ackerman 90
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90
Howard Berman 90
Marion Berry 90
Jeff Bingaman 90
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 90
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90
Leonard Boswell 90
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90
Dennis Cardoza 90
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
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90
Robert Cramer 90
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 90
Artur Davis 90
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90
Chet Edwards 90
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90
Barney Frank 90
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 90
Charlie Gonzalez 90
Bart Gordon 90
Jane Harman 90
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 90
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90
Daniel Inouye 90
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90
Ron Klein 90
Herb Kohl 90
Dennis Kucinich 90
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90
Frank Lautenberg 90
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90
Joe Lieberman 90
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 90
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 90
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90
Dennis Moore 90
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90

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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