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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Secular Coalition for America

2006 Positions

Issues: Religion
State Office District Name Party Rating
Evan Bayh 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 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%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Max Baucus 90%
Melissa Bean 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Shelley Berkley 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer 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%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
Byron Dorgan 90%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 90%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
Jane Harman 90%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
Martin Meehan 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
Dennis Moore 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 90%
John Olver 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
Donald Payne 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
Steve Rothman 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Hilda Solis 90%
Ellen Tauscher 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
Diane Watson 90%
Mel Watt 90%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
Brian Baird 80%
Howard Berman 80%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
Dennis Cardoza 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 80%
James Davis 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
Bill Delahunt 80%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 80%
Darlene Hooley 80%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
Blanche Lincoln 80%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
Michael McNulty 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 80%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 80%
Brad Miller 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
Jack Murtha 80%
Dave Obey 80%
Major Owens 80%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
Earl Pomeroy 80%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 80%
Martin Olav Sabo 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
Vic Snyder 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 80%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 80%
Anthony Weiner 80%
Robert Wexler 80%
David Wu 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 70%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 70%
Russ Carnahan 70%
Edward Case 70%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 70%
Artur Davis 70%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 70%
William Jefferson 70%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
Tom Lantos 70%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 70%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Ted Strickland 70%
Albert Wynn 70%
Marion Berry 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
Julia Carson 60%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 60%
Chet Edwards 60%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 60%
Daniel Inouye 60%

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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