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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 63%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 63%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 63%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 63%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 63%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 63%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 75%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
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 56%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 63%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 75%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 33%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 63%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
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%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 25%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 75%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 11%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 44%
Gary Ackerman 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 22%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 63%
John Ashcroft 11%
Spencer Bachus 38%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 56%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
Cass Ballenger 50%
James Barcia 88%
Bob Barr, Jr. 25%
Bill Barrett 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Joe Barton 38%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 50%
Max Baucus 89%
Bob Bennett 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 88%
Joe Biden, Jr. 100%
Brian Bilbray 63%
Michael Bilirakis 38%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 75%
John Boehner 63%
Kit Bond 56%
Henry Bonilla 63%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 75%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
Bob Brady 100%
John Breaux 100%
Corrine Brown 88%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Sam Brownback 22%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 63%
Jim Bunning 63%
Conrad Burns 44%
Dan Burton 63%
Steve Buyer 63%
Robert Byrd 89%
Herbert Callahan 63%
Dave Camp 63%
Ben Campbell 67%
Thomas Campbell 75%
Chris Cannon 50%
Lois Capps 100%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 67%
Saxby Chambliss 63%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 63%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 100%
Howard Coble 25%
Thomas Coburn 25%
Thad Cochran 44%
Michael Collins 25%
Larry Combest 63%
Gary Condit 88%
Kent Conrad 100%
John Conyers, Jr. 88%
Merrill Cook 38%
John Cooksey 63%
Jerry Costello 75%
Paul Coverdell 44%
Christopher Cox 63%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 33%
Robert Cramer 88%
Philip Crane 25%
Barbara Cubin 63%
Randall Cunningham 63%
Patsy Ann Danner 63%
Thomas Daschle 100%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Nathan Deal 25%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 38%
Peter Deutsch 88%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jay Dickey 75%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 63%
Julian Dixon 88%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 44%
Calvin Dooley 100%
John Doolittle 25%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 50%

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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