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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 18%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 9%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%
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 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
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 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 73%
HI U.S. House 1 Edward Case Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 9%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 9%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 9%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 82%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
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 91%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
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 100%
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 82%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 82%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 9%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 18%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 82%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
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 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 73%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 9%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 73%
Wayne Allard 9%
George Allen 9%
Thomas Allen 82%
Rob Andrews 91%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
Spencer Bachus 9%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 27%
Brian Baird 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 18%
Joe Barton 0%
Charlie Bass 9%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 73%
Joe Biden, Jr. 100%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 9%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 18%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 82%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Bob Brady 100%
Corrine Brown 91%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Sam Brownback 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 9%
Conrad Burns 9%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 91%
Dave Camp 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Lois Capps 100%
Mike Capuano 91%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
Julia Carson 91%
Mike Castle 36%
Lincoln Chafee 36%
Saxby Chambliss 9%
Chris Chocola 0%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Howard Coble 0%
Thad Cochran 18%
Norm Coleman 18%
Kent Conrad 100%
John Conyers, Jr. 82%

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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