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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 79%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 7%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 14%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 21%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 14%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 79%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 13%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 86%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 100%
Neil Abercrombie 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Rob Andrews 79%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 13%
Spencer Bachus 7%
Henry Scott Baesler 71%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 9%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 71%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 7%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 7%
Max Baucus 80%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 14%
Howard Berman 86%
Tom Bevill 91%
Joe Biden, Jr. 73%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Michael Bilirakis 7%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 36%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 7%
Robert Borski, Jr. 86%
Rick Boucher 79%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Bill Bradley 94%
John Breaux 67%
Bill Brewster 36%
Glen Browder 82%
Corrine Brown 93%
George Brown, Jr. 93%
Hank Brown 6%
Sam Brownback 0%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 73%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunn 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 20%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Dave Camp 7%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 29%
Mike Castle 29%
John Chafee 33%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Jim Chapman 73%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
Dick Chrysler 0%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 64%
William Clinger 18%
Dan Coats 13%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 7%
Thad Cochran 20%
William Cohen 33%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 82%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 43%
Kent Conrad 87%
John Conyers, Jr. 100%
Wes Cooley 9%
Jerry Costello 71%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 0%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 9%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 27%
Patsy Ann Danner 64%
Thomas Daschle 93%
Thomas Davis III 14%
Nathan Deal 7%
Eligio de la Garza II 91%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 79%
John Dingell 86%
Julian Dixon 93%
Chris Dodd 87%
Robert Dole 11%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 87%
Robert Dornan 0%
David Dreier 0%
John Duncan, Jr. 29%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 71%
Vern Ehlers 7%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Bill Emerson 9%

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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