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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100
Gary Ackerman 100
John Adler 83
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Todd Akin 6
Rodney Alexander 22
Jason Altmire 83
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 89
Steve Austria 39
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
Michele Bachmann 12
Spencer Bachus 22
Kay Bailey Hutchison 43
Brian Baird 88
J. Gresham Barrett 7
John Barrow 89
Roscoe Bartlett 17
Max Baucus 71
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 94
Mark Begich 93
Bob Bennett 21
Shelley Berkley 100
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 87
Judy Biggert 33
Brian Bilbray 33
Jeff Bingaman 93
Tim Bishop 100
John Boehner 11
Kit Bond 31
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17
Mary Bono Mack 44
Dan Boren 72
Leonard Boswell 100
Rick Boucher 94
Charles Boustany, Jr. 24
Barbara Boxer 93
Allen Boyd, Jr. 81
Bruce Braley 100
Bobby Bright 44
Paul Broun 0
Corrine Brown 100
Henry Brown, Jr. 24
Ginny Brown-Waite 41
Jim Bunning 8
Roland Burris 100
Dan Burton 17
Steve Buyer 38
Robert Byrd 80
Dave Camp 29
John Campbell III 6
Eric Cantor 17
Joseph Cao 67
Lois Capps 100
Dennis Cardoza 100
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 89
Mike Castle 56
Saxby Chambliss 21
Ben Chandler III 94
Travis Childers 72
Howard Coble 17
Thomas Coburn 8
Kent Conrad 86
Jerry Costello 89
Ander Crenshaw 28
Kathy Dahlkemper 89
Artur Davis 89
Geoff Davis 17
Lincoln Davis 89
Bill Delahunt 100
James DeMint 8
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56
Norm Dicks 100
John Dingell 100
Chris Dodd 93
Byron Dorgan 75
David Dreier 28
Steve Driehaus 89
Donna Edwards 100
Chet Edwards 89
Vern Ehlers 44
Brad Ellsworth 89
Jo Ann Emerson 39
John Ensign 8
Bob Etheridge 100
Sam Farr 100
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100
Russ Feingold 86
Bob Filner 100
John Fleming, Jr. 22
Randy Forbes 28
Barney Frank 100
Elton Gallegly 29
Scott Garrett 6
Jim Gerlach 50
Gabrielle Giffords 100
Phil Gingrey 11
Charlie Gonzalez 100
Bart Gordon 89
Alan Grayson 100
Judd Gregg 21
Parker Griffith, Jr. 72
Kay Hagan 86
John Hall 100
Ralph Hall 17
Debbie Halvorson 100
Phil Hare 100
Tom Harkin 100
Jane Harman 100
Doc Hastings 11
Wally Herger, Jr. 17
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 76
Baron Hill 100
Maurice Hinchey 100
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 100
Paul Hodes 100
Pete Hoekstra 22
Thomas Holden 89
Rush Holt, Jr. 100
Mike Honda 100
Duncan Hunter 22
Bob Inglis, Sr. 6
Daniel Inouye 100
Steve Israel 100
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100
Mike Johanns 29
Tim Johnson 56
Timothy Johnson 83
Steve Kagen 100
Paul Kanjorski 89
Ted Kaufman 93
Patrick Kennedy 100
John Kerry 100
Dale Kildee 100
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100
Mary Jo Kilroy 100
Jack Kingston 6
Mark Kirk 56
Ann Kirkpatrick 78
Larry Kissell 89
Ron Klein 100
John Kline 17
Herb Kohl 93
Suzanne Kosmas 83
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 83
Dennis Kucinich 83
Jon Kyl 7
Mary Landrieu 86
Tom Latham 33
Steve LaTourette 56
Frank Lautenberg 100
Chris Lee 35
Carl Levin 100
Jerry Lewis 28
Joe Lieberman 86
Blanche Lincoln 79
John Linder 6
Dick Lugar 43
Cynthia Lummis 11
Dan Lungren 28
Connie Mack IV 11
Dan Maffei 100
Don Manzullo 22
Betsy Markey 94
Jim Marshall 78
Eric Massa 83
Jim Matheson 83
Carolyn McCarthy 100
Thaddeus McCotter 44
Jim McDermott 100
Mike McIntyre 89
Buck McKeon 28
Michael McMahon 89
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 83
John Mica 18
Mike Michaud 100
Barbara Mikulski 100
Candice Miller 44
Gary Miller 20
George Miller 100
Jeff Miller 11
Brad Miller 100
Walt Minnick 61
Harry Mitchell 83
Alan Mollohan 94
Dennis Moore 100
Jim Moran, Jr. 100
Patrick Murphy 94
Scott Murphy 91
Jack Murtha 100
Sue Myrick 11
Ben Nelson 79
Randy Neugebauer 6
Glenn Nye III 83
Jim Oberstar 100
Dave Obey 100

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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