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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Bob Filner 95%
Barney Frank 95%
Tom Harkin 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
William Luther 95%
Karen McCarthy 95%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
George Miller 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
Dave Obey 95%
Donald Payne 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
Pete Stark 95%
John Tierney 95%
Ed Towns 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 90%
William Coyne 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 90%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 90%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
Carl Levin 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
Martin Meehan 90%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
John Olver 90%
Major Owens 90%
Ed Pastor 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
Steve Rothman 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
José Serrano 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Ted Strickland 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
Henry Waxman 90%
David Wu 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Thomas Allen 85%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 85%
Max Baucus 85%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
Kent Conrad 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Thomas Daschle 85%
Bill Delahunt 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
John Edwards 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
Ernest Hollings 85%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 85%
Gerald Kleczka 85%
Herb Kohl 85%
Tom Lantos 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
Robert Matsui 85%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
Earl Pomeroy 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
Jay Rockefeller IV 85%
Ciro Rodriguez 85%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
Mark Udall 85%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
Mel Watt 85%
Anthony Weiner 85%
Robert Wexler 85%
Albert Wynn 85%
Neil Abercrombie 80%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
Evan Bayh 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Rod Blagojevich 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
Norm Dicks 80%
John Dingell 80%
Chet Edwards 80%
Jonas Frost III 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Daniel Graham 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
Rush Holt, Jr. 80%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
Timothy Johnson 80%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 80%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Mary Landrieu 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
Carrie Meek 80%
John Moakley 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Karen Thurman 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
Rob Andrews 75%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Rick Boucher 75%
Robert Byrd 75%
James Davis 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Tony Hall 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Nicholas Lampson 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
Jim Oberstar 75%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
Robert Torricelli 75%
James Turner 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
Brian Baird 70%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 70%
Linc Chafee 70%
Eva Clayton 70%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 70%
Calvin Dooley 70%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Baron Hill 70%
Darlene Hooley 70%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 70%
William Jefferson 70%
Blanche Lincoln 70%
Jim Moran, Jr. 70%
Nick Rahall II 70%
Vic Snyder 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Ellen Tauscher 70%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Peter Deutsch 65%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 65%
Paul Kanjorski 65%
John LaFalce 65%
Frank Mascara 65%

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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