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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Phil Hare 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 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 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey 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%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
Steve Rothman 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%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Betty Sutton 100%
Ed Towns 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas 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%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
Leonard Boswell 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
John Hall 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
Jane Harman 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Ron Klein 95%
Herb Kohl 95%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 95%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 95%
Dave Obey 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
Ken Salazar 95%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Ellen Tauscher 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
Jim Webb, Jr. 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 95%
Michael Arcuri 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 90%
Russ Carnahan 90%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
Norm Dicks 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Byron Dorgan 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Paul Hodes 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
Steve Kagen 90%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 90%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 90%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 90%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 90%
Vic Snyder 90%
Pete Stark 90%
Bart Stupak 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 90%
David Wu 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Howard Berman 85%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 85%
Dennis Cardoza 85%
Christopher Carney 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
Ben Chandler III 85%
Jerry Costello 85%
Artur Davis 85%
Bob Etheridge 85%
Thomas Holden 85%
Daniel Inouye 85%
Joe Lieberman 85%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 85%
Alan Mollohan 85%
Patrick Murphy 85%
Jack Murtha 85%
Earl Pomeroy 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 85%

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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