Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2007 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 60%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Donald Young R 40%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 40%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 50%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 40%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 50%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 10%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 0%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 10%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 100%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 60%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 90%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 100%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 20%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 30%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 10%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 90%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 90%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 20%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 20%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 10%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 100%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 100%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 100%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 100%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 90%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 90%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 90%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 60%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 80%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 60%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 40%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 40%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 20%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 60%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 100%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 20%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 30%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 70%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 100%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 20%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 40%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 100%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 80%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 40%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 40%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 30%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 100%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 40%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 90%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 100%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 90%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 70%
MI U.S. House-7 Tim Walberg R 10%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 90%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 100%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz D 100%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum D 90%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison D 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson D 100%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 80%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 20%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 40%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 80%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 10%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price R 10%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 30%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 100%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 50%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 10%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 10%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 50%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 20%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 100%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 100%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 80%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 70%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 90%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 50%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 20%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Dean Heller R 30%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 90%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 90%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 90%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 100%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 10%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 70%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 50%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 20%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 30%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 30%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 30%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 90%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 50%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 90%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 90%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 30%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 80%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 70%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 70%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 100%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 30%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 20%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 100%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 40%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 60%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 60%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 20%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 80%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 20%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 100%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 40%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 30%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 30%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 10%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 10%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 20%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 10%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 20%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 100%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 30%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 20%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 20%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 30%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 30%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 10%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 20%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 100%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 90%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 90%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 20%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 10%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 70%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 20%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 30%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 90%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 90%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 100%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 30%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 50%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 20%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 100%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 100%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 20%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 80%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 40%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 33%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 30%
Wayne Allard 30%
Thomas Allen 100%
Jason Altmire 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Michele Bachmann 20%
Spencer Bachus 30%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 70%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
John Barrow 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 70%
Bob Bennett 50%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 90%
Joe Biden, Jr. 50%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boehner 20%
Kit Bond 50%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 10%
Barbara Boxer 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 90%
Nancy Boyda 100%
Bruce Braley 100%
Paul Broun 0%
Corrine Brown 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 50%
Jim Bunning 30%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 90%
Dave Camp 30%
John Campbell III 10%
Chris Cannon 20%
Eric Cantor 20%
Lois Capps 100%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 100%
Mike Castle 70%
Saxby Chambliss 40%
Ben Chandler III 100%
Hillary Clinton 70%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 20%
Norm Coleman 80%
Kent Conrad 90%
Jerry Costello 100%
Larry Craig 50%
Robert Cramer 100%
Ander Crenshaw 30%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Artur Davis 100%
David Davis 20%
Geoff Davis 30%
Lincoln Davis 90%
Thomas Davis III 30%
Bill Delahunt 90%
James DeMint 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 80%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 60%
Elizabeth Dole 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 60%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Thelma Drake 20%
David Dreier 20%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 70%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 40%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Terry Everett 30%
Sam Farr 100%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
Tom Feeney 20%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 80%
Bob Filner 100%
Randy Forbes 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Scott Garrett 10%
Jim Gerlach 70%
Gabrielle Giffords 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Phil Gingrey 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Bart Gordon 100%
Judd Gregg 30%
Charles Hagel 40%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 20%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 90%
Doc Hastings 20%
Robert Hayes 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100%
Baron Hill 60%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 90%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 90%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Mike Honda 100%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 20%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 20%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Steve Israel 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 100%
Tim Johnson 50%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Richard Keller 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
John Kerry 90%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 20%
Mark Kirk 70%
Ron Klein 100%
John Kline 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 30%
Herb Kohl 100%
Dennis Kucinich 70%
John Kuhl, Jr. 40%
Jon Kyl 30%
Ray LaHood 70%
Nicholas Lampson 90%
Mary Landrieu 80%
Tom Latham 40%
Steve LaTourette 60%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Carl Levin 100%
Jerry Lewis 20%
Ron Lewis 20%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 80%
John Linder 20%
Dick Lugar 80%
Dan Lungren 20%
Connie Mack IV 10%
Tim Mahoney 90%
Don Manzullo 30%
Jim Marshall 70%
Melquiades Martinez 50%
Jim Matheson 80%
Carolyn McCarthy 90%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 20%
Jim McDermott 80%
John McHugh 70%
Mike McIntyre 80%
Buck McKeon 20%
Michael McNulty 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 100%
John Mica 20%
Mike Michaud 100%
Barbara Mikulski 100%
Candice Miller 70%
Gary Miller 10%
George Miller 90%
Jeff Miller 0%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 60%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Patrick Murphy 90%
Jack Murtha 100%
Marilyn Musgrave 20%
Sue Myrick 20%
Ben Nelson 90%
Randy Neugebauer 10%
Barack Obama II 60%
Jim Oberstar 70%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 50%
Tom Petri 60%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 20%
Joe Pitts 20%
Todd Platts 60%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
Jon Porter, Sr. 50%
Deborah Pryce 70%
Mark Pryor 90%
Adam Putnam 20%
George Radanovich 20%
Nick Rahall II 100%
James Ramstad 70%
Charlie Rangel 100%
Ralph Regula 60%
Denny Rehberg 60%
Harry Reid 100%
Richard Renzi 60%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Thomas Reynolds 30%
Laura Richardson 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Rogers 40%
Mike Ross 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
John Salazar 90%
Ken Salazar 90%
William Sali 10%
Loretta Sanchez 90%
Jim Saxton 50%
Jean Schmidt 30%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 100%
John Shadegg 10%
Christopher Shays 70%
Heath Shuler 80%
Ike Skelton 100%
Gordon Smith 70%
Olympia Snowe 90%
Vic Snyder 100%
Mark Souder 20%
Zack Space 100%
Arlen Specter 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 90%
Cliff Stearns 30%
Ted Stevens 70%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 20%
John Sununu 60%
Betty Sutton 100%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 60%
Lee Terry 20%
Todd Tiahrt 30%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
Mark Udall 100%
David Vitter 20%
George Voinovich 50%
James Walsh 60%
Zach Wamp 30%
John Warner 60%
Diane Watson 80%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 90%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 10%
Gerald Weller 30%
Lynn Westmoreland 10%
Robert Wexler 100%
Ed Whitfield 60%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100%
Heather Wilson 70%
Frank Wolf 70%
Lynn Woolsey 80%
David Wu 100%
Albert Wynn 90%
Bill Young 60%

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