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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Mel Watt 100%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
Jeff Bingaman 95%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 95%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 95%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 95%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 95%
Kent Conrad 95%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
Barney Frank 95%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 95%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
Daniel Inouye 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 95%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
Donald Payne 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 95%
Laura Richardson 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
Pete Stark 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
Walter Holden Capps 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 90%
Herb Kohl 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 90%
Robert Matsui 90%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
Betty Sutton 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
John Warner 90%
Jim Webb, Jr. 90%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Max Baucus 85%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 85%
Howard Berman 85%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 85%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 85%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 85%
Joe Lieberman 85%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 85%
Brad Miller 85%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
John Olver 85%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
Shelley Berkley 80%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 80%
Russ Carnahan 80%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 80%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 80%
Mark Critz 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
Norm Dicks 80%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 80%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 80%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 80%
Gary Ackerman 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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