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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
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90
Gary Ackerman 90
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90
Todd Akin 30
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 22
Rodney Alexander 30
Wayne Allard 30
Thomas Allen 90
Jason Altmire 100
Rob Andrews 90
Michael Arcuri 90
Joe Baca, Sr. 90
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 40
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 30
Brian Baird 78
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 30
J. Gresham Barrett 20
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 100
Roscoe Bartlett 40
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60
Max Baucus 70
Evan Bayh 80
Melissa Bean 80
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100
Bob Bennett 30
Shelley Berkley 90
Howard Berman 89
Marion Berry 80
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 88
Judy Biggert 40
Brian Bilbray 40
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 50
Jeff Bingaman 90
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 30
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 30
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20
Kit Bond 56
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30
Mary Bono Mack 56
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 40
Dan Boren 80
Leonard Boswell 90
Rick Boucher 89
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 40
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70
Nancy Boyda 100
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 89
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 11
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 89
Henry Brown, Jr. 40
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 50
Ginny Brown-Waite 50
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60
Jim Bunning 40
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 30
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30
Dan Burton 30
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90
Steve Buyer 67
Robert Byrd 78
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 30
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 14
Chris Cannon 20
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 20
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 90
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90
Dennis Cardoza 80
Russ Carnahan 90
Christopher Carney 100
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 70
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88
Julia Carson 88
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 44
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 90
Mike Castle 70
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 40
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 40
Ben Chandler III 100
Travis Childers 83
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90
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 90
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 40
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 89
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 30
Norm Coleman 43
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 30
Kent Conrad 78
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 67
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 20
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 38
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 89
Jerry Costello 100
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
Larry Craig 38
Robert Cramer 89
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 50
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90
Barbara Cubin 0
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 90
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90
Artur Davis 80
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89
David Davis 50
Geoff Davis 40
Lincoln Davis 100
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90
Thomas Davis III 38
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 89
Bill Delahunt 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90
James DeMint 11
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 70
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 70
Norm Dicks 89
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90
Chris Dodd 90
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100
Elizabeth Dole 70
Pete Domenici, Jr. 38
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 80
John Doolittle 33
Byron Dorgan 90
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90
Thelma Drake 50
David Dreier 30
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 40
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90
Chet Edwards 90
Vern Ehlers 60
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89
Brad Ellsworth 80
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 89
Jo Ann Emerson 70
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90
Philip English 90
John Ensign 20
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 30
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90
Bob Etheridge 90
Terry Everett 29
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 30
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90
Tom Feeney 40
Russ Feingold 100
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80
Michael Ferguson 40
Bob Filner 90
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 40
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 44
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 88
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 30
Barney Frank 90
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 30
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40
Elton Gallegly 50
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 20
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 67
Gabrielle Giffords 80
Wayne Gilchrest 89
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 88
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 30
Charlie Gonzalez 90
Virgil Goode, Jr. 40
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40
Bart Gordon 88
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 30
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 50

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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