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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
Travis Childers 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Barney Frank 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene 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%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 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%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 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%
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%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard 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%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz 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%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Zack Space 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Bart Stupak 100%
Betty Sutton 100%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
Anthony Weiner 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%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 99%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
Howard Berman 99%
Jeff Bingaman 99%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 99%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 99%
Norm Dicks 99%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 99%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 99%
Daniel Inouye 99%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 99%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 99%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 99%
Herb Kohl 99%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 99%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 99%
Joe Lieberman 99%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 99%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 99%
Jim Oberstar 99%
Donald Payne 99%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 99%
Silvestre Reyes 99%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 99%
Pete Stark 99%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 99%
Mel Watt 99%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 98%
Ken Salazar 98%
Robert Byrd 97%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 97%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 97%
Bob Filner 97%
Charlie Gonzalez 97%
Thomas Holden 97%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 97%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 97%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 97%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 97%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 97%
Alan Mollohan 97%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 97%
Jack Murtha 97%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 97%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 97%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 97%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 97%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 97%
Steve Rothman 97%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 97%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 97%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 97%
Lynn Woolsey 97%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
Ben Chandler III 96%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 96%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 96%
Chris Dodd 96%
Byron Dorgan 96%
Russ Feingold 96%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 96%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 96%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 96%
Ed Towns 96%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 96%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 96%
David Wu 96%
Rob Andrews 95%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Christopher Carney 95%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
Kent Conrad 95%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 95%

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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