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Special Interest Groups

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

2008 Positions on Middle Class Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 78
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 50
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 30
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 40
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 70
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 40
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 30
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 89
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 40
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 40
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 30
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 38
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 30
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 30
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 14
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 22
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 40
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 89
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 30
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 90
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 100
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 90
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 70
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 30
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 50
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 89
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 50
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 90
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 70
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 70
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 30
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 20
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 20
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 20
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 11
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 90
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 40
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 30
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 90
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 89
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 89
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 60
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 30
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 40
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 83
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 40
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 88
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 50
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 89
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 80
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 30
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 50
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 33
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 50
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 60
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 90
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 30
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 38
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 40
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 70
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 50
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 89
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 90
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 90
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 80
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 44
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 60
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 90
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 30
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 40
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 50
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 70
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 40
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 88
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 14
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 89
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 70
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 30
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 90
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 30
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 44
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 30
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 40
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 90
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 20
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 90
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 40
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 40
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 60
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano 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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