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Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Richard Bryan 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette 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%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 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%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Darlene Hooley 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
William Luther 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Major Owens 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Charles Robb 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
David Wu 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 95%
Brian Baird 95%
Max Baucus 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 95%
Howard Berman 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 95%
Julia Carson 95%
William Coyne 95%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
Peter Deutsch 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
Byron Dorgan 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
Daniel Inouye 95%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 95%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Joe Lieberman 95%
Blanche Lincoln 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
Karen McCarthy 95%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 95%
David Minge 95%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
John Olver 95%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 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%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 95%
Pete Stark 95%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 95%
Robert Torricelli 95%
Ed Towns 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
Bruce Vento 95%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Evan Bayh 90%
David Edward Bonior 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
Thomas Daschle 90%
Norm Dicks 90%
John Edwards 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Nicholas Lampson 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Carrie Meek 90%
John Moakley 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
Dave Obey 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 90%
Paul Wellstone 90%
Bob Weygand 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Robert Clement 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
Chet Edwards 85%
Bob Etheridge 85%
Jonas Frost III 85%
Ernest Hollings 85%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 85%
Ronald Klink 85%
John LaFalce 85%
Tom Lantos 85%
James Maloney 85%
Matthew Martinez 85%
Earl Pomeroy 85%
Silvestre Reyes 85%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 85%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 85%
Vic Snyder 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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