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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 28%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 18%
Rob Andrews 94%
Kelly Ayotte 28%
Michele Bachmann 11%
Spencer Bachus 33%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Ron Barber 78%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 6 Andy Barr Republican 17%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
John Barrow 61%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
Max Baucus 83%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Mark Begich 94%
Dan Benishek 17%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
Kerry Bentivolio 6%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 17%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
Tim Bishop 94%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 6%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 17%
Barbara Boxer 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
Bruce Braley 89%
OK U.S. House 1 Jim Bridenstine Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 6%
IN U.S. House 5 Susan Brooks Republican 17%
Paul Broun 17%
Corrine Brown 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 17%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 6%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 22%
Dave Camp 11%
John Campbell III 7%
Eric Cantor 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 22%
Lois Capps 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 89%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
Jason Chaffetz 11%
Saxby Chambliss 22%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 94%
Dan Coats 11%
Howard Coble 6%
Thomas Coburn 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 22%
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%
NY U.S. House 27 Chris Collins Republican 22%
GA U.S. House 9 Doug Collins Republican 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 29%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 89%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 22%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
AR U.S. Senate Jr Tom Cotton Republican 6%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 94%
ND U.S. House At-Large Kevin Cramer Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 11%
Ander Crenshaw 19%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 24%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 13 Rodney Davis Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 22%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 28%
FL U.S. House 6 Ron DeSantis Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 29%
John Dingell 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 94%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Duckworth Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 18%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
Donna Edwards 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 94%
Renee Ellmers 6%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Bill Enyart 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 11%
Sam Farr 94%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 94%
Stephen Fincher 6%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 11%
Mike Fitzpatrick 39%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 11%
John Fleming, Jr. 11%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 12%
Randy Forbes 17%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 17%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 28%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 94%
Pete Gallego 89%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 89%
Joe Garcia 78%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 6%
Scott Garrett 11%
Jim Gerlach 22%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 11%
Chris Gibson 44%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Phil Gingrey 17%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 6%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 11%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 6%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 6%
Alan Grayson 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
Michael Grimm 53%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 17%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
Kay Hagan 83%
CA Supervisor 4 Janice Hahn 94%
Ralph Hall 6%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 89%
Richard Hanna 47%
Tom Harkin 94%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 22%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 0%

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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