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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 90%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 13%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 20%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 20%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 13%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 4 Janice Hahn 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 20%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 10%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 20%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 0%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 70%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 13%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 10%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 60%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Todd Young Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 10%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 30%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 90%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 100%
LA Attorney General Jeff Landry Republican 20%
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 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating 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 1 Andy Harris Republican 10%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
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 50%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 30%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 70%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 70%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 20%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 10%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
NA Director of the Office of Management & Budget Mick Mulvaney Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 20%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 30%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 20%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 10 Don Payne, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 80%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 20%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 14%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 20%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 88%

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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