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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2012 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 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 24%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 18%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 29%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 35%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 24%
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 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 35%
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 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
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 38%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor 4 Janice Hahn 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 24%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 82%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 94%
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 94%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 11 Daniel Webster Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 29%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
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 94%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
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 0%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
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 88%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
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 71%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 29%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 29%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Todd Young Republican 18%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 76%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 29%
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 18%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 35%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 7%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 100%
LA Attorney General Jeff Landry Republican 0%
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 88%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 6%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 12%
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 47%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 29%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 24%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 18%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 91%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Republican 0%
NA Director of the Office of Management & Budget Mick Mulvaney Republican 6%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 94%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 8%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 36%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 18%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 35%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 94%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 29%
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 35%
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 35%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 82%
NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women's Equality 76%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 29%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 24%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 24%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 35%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 35%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 35%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 35%

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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