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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 82%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 18%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 9%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 64%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 18%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 73%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 91%
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 91%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 36%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 18%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 18%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 91%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 27%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 36%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 82%
Richard Armey 9%
Joe Baca, Sr. 82%
Spencer Bachus 18%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 27%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 18%
James Barcia 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 9%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 9%
Charlie Bass 18%
Max Baucus 64%
Evan Bayh 91%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 73%
Joe Biden, Jr. 91%
Judy Biggert 18%
Michael Bilirakis 18%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 18%
John Boehner 18%
Kit Bond 18%
Henry Bonilla 18%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 9%
Robert Borski, Jr. 82%
Leonard Boswell 82%
Rick Boucher 82%
Barbara Boxer 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Bob Brady 91%
John Breaux 64%
Corrine Brown 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Sam Brownback 18%
Ed Bryant 9%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 18%
Dan Burton 9%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 91%
Herbert Callahan 18%
Dave Camp 9%
Ben Campbell 36%
Chris Cannon 9%
Eric Cantor 0%
Lois Capps 82%
Mike Capuano 82%
Jean Carnahan 91%
Brad Carson 73%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 27%
Lincoln Chafee 73%
Saxby Chambliss 18%
Eva Clayton 91%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 82%
Robert Clement 55%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Howard Coble 9%
Thad Cochran 27%
Michael Collins 18%
Larry Combest 9%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 91%
John Conyers, Jr. 91%
John Cooksey 18%
Jon Corzine 91%
Jerry Costello 73%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 91%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 55%
Philip Crane 0%

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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