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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1998 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Karen Thurman 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
Rob Andrews 95%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 95%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Rick Boucher 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
Richard Bryan 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
Julia Carson 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Peter Deutsch 95%
Norm Dicks 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Jonas Frost III 95%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 95%
Darlene Hooley 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Bob Kerrey 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Dale Kildee 95%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
Robert Matsui 95%
Carrie Meek 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 95%
Patrick Moynihan 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 95%
John Olver 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 95%
Ed Towns 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
James Barcia 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Howard Berman 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
Jerry Costello 90%
Thomas Daschle 90%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Chet Edwards 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Lane Evans 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
Bart Gordon 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Gerald Kleczka 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Nicholas Lampson 90%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
William Luther 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
Donald Payne 90%
Earl Pomeroy 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
Pete Stark 90%
Bart Stupak 90%
Bob Weygand 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
William Clay, Sr. 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 85%
James Davis 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
Calvin Dooley 85%
Daniel Graham 85%
Paul Kanjorski 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
Herb Kohl 85%
John LaFalce 85%
James Maloney 85%
Frank Mascara 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
David Minge 85%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
Vic Snyder 85%
John Spratt, Jr. 85%
Ted Strickland 85%
Robert Torricelli 85%
Max Baucus 80%
Robert Byrd 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
Daniel Inouye 80%
William Jefferson 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
Ronald Klink 80%
Joe Lieberman 80%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Charles Robb 80%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
Bob Wise, Jr. 80%
John Breaux 75%
Tony Hall 75%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 75%
Matthew Martinez 75%
Michael McNulty 75%

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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