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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2007 Positions on Poverty Action

State Office District Name Party Rating
Wayne Allard F
Roscoe Bartlett F
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican F
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican F
John Boehner F
Jim Bunning F
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican F
Dan Burton F
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican F
John Campbell III F
Chris Cannon F
Eric Cantor F
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican F
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican F
Saxby Chambliss F
Howard Coble F
Thomas Coburn F
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican F
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican F
David Davis F
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican F
James DeMint F
Elizabeth Dole F
David Dreier F
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican F
Tom Feeney F
Elton Gallegly F
Phil Gingrey F
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican F
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican F
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican F
Judd Gregg F
Ralph Hall F
Doc Hastings F
Wally Herger, Jr. F
Bob Inglis, Sr. F
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican F
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican F
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican F
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican F
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican F
Jack Kingston F
John Kline F
Jon Kyl F
Jerry Lewis F
Ron Lewis F
John Linder F
Connie Mack IV F
Don Manzullo F
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican F
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican F
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican F
Buck McKeon F
John Mica F
Gary Miller F
Marilyn Musgrave F
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican F
Joe Pitts F
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican F
Adam Putnam F
George Radanovich F
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican F
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican F
William Sali F
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican F
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican F
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican F
John Sullivan F
Tom Tancredo F
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican F
David Vitter F
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican F
Zach Wamp F
David Weldon F
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican F
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican F
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican D
Rodney Alexander D
Michele Bachmann D
Spencer Bachus D
Kay Bailey Hutchison D
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican D
Bob Bennett D
Brian Bilbray D
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican D
Kit Bond D
Jo Bonner, Jr. D
Mary Bono Mack D
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican D
Charles Boustany, Jr. D
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican D
Henry Brown, Jr. D
Ginny Brown-Waite D
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican D
Steve Buyer D
Dave Camp D
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican D
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican D
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican D
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican D
Larry Craig D
Ander Crenshaw D
Geoff Davis D
Thomas Davis III D
Pete Domenici, Jr. D
Thelma Drake D
John Ensign D
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican D
Terry Everett D
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican D
Randy Forbes D
Virgil Goode, Jr. D
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican D
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican D
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican D
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican D
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican D
Pete Hoekstra D
Kenny Hulshof D
Duncan Hunter D
Richard Keller D
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican D
Dan Lungren D
Melquiades Martinez D
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican D
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican D
James McCrery III D
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican D
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican D
Sue Myrick D
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican D
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican D
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican D
Jean Schmidt D
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican D
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican D
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican D
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican D
Mark Souder D
Cliff Stearns D
Ted Stevens D
John Sununu D
Lee Terry D
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican D
Todd Tiahrt D
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican D
George Voinovich D
John Warner D
Gerald Weller D
Bill Young D
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican C
Judy Biggert C
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican C
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican C
Norm Coleman C
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican C
Vern Ehlers C
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican C
Vito Fossella, Jr. C
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican C
Charles Hagel C
David Lee Hobson C
Tim Johnson C
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican C
Mark Kirk C
Joseph Knollenberg C
John Kuhl, Jr. C
Tom Latham C
Dick Lugar C
Thaddeus McCotter C
Candice Miller C
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican C
John Peterson C
Tom Petri C
Charles Pickering, Jr. C
Todd Platts C
Jon Porter, Sr. C
Deborah Pryce C
Ralph Regula C
Denny Rehberg C
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican C
Richard Renzi C
Thomas Reynolds C
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican C
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican C
Mike Rogers C
Jim Saxton C
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican C
Gordon Smith C
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican C
Ed Whitfield C
Frank Wolf C
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican C
Max Baucus B
Melissa Bean B
Dan Boren B
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican B
Mike Castle B
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican B
Kent Conrad B

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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