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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 28%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 27%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 28%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 22%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 28%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 17%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
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 94%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 36%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 6%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 27%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 28%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 28%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Todd Young Republican 17%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 36%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 22%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 89%
LA Attorney General Jeff Landry Republican 18%
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 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 11%
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 55%
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 94%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 11%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 67%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 27%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 22%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 22%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 11%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 17%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 82%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 6%
NA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Republican 6%
NA Director of the Office of Management & Budget Mick Mulvaney Republican 6%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
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 11%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 6%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 27%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 33%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 17%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 29%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 22%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women's Equality 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 17%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 17%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 39%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 17%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 17%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 28%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 82%

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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