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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 11%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 22%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Jason Altmire 67%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 22%
Rob Andrews 94%
Steve Austria 28%
Kelly Ayotte 27%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 28%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 22%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 9%
John Barrow 72%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 18%
Charlie Bass 28%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Mark Begich 100%
Dan Benishek 11%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
Rick Berg 17%
Shelley Berkley 89%
Howard Berman 94%
Judy Biggert 28%
Brian Bilbray 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
Tim Bishop 94%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 27%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 28%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 27%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 83%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 17%
Barbara Boxer 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
Bruce Braley 94%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
Paul Broun 6%
Corrine Brown 94%
Scott Brown 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 22%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 22%
Ann Marie Buerkle 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 9%
Dan Burton 11%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
Dave Camp 24%
John Campbell III 18%
Francisco Canseco 12%
Eric Cantor 6%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 33%
Lois Capps 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 17%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 6%
Saxby Chambliss 18%
Ben Chandler III 67%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 94%
Dan Coats 36%
Howard Coble 12%
Thomas Coburn 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 36%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 28%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
Kent Conrad 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 78%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 27%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
Jerry Costello 89%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 27%
Chip Cravaack 17%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 28%
Ander Crenshaw 22%
Mark Critz 94%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
Geoff Davis 22%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 27%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
Norm Dicks 94%
John Dingell 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
Bob Dold 28%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 94%
David Dreier 28%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
Donna Edwards 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
Renee Ellmers 11%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 18%
Sam Farr 100%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
Bob Filner 100%
Stephen Fincher 17%
Mike Fitzpatrick 28%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 17%
John Fleming, Jr. 6%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 11%
Randy Forbes 22%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 33%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
Barney Frank 94%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 91%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
Elton Gallegly 22%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 17%
Scott Garrett 11%
Jim Gerlach 28%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 17%
Chris Gibson 28%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Phil Gingrey 11%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 18%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 6%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 18%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 6%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 28%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 12%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
Michael Grimm 18%
Frank Guinta 17%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%

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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