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Rating Group: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Rob Andrews 94%
Kelly Ayotte 28%
Michele Bachmann 11%
Spencer Bachus 33%
Ron Barber 78%
John Barrow 61%
Max Baucus 83%
Mark Begich 94%
Dan Benishek 17%
Kerry Bentivolio 6%
Tim Bishop 94%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 17%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Bruce Braley 89%
Paul Broun 17%
Corrine Brown 94%
Dave Camp 11%
John Campbell III 7%
Eric Cantor 11%
Lois Capps 100%
Jason Chaffetz 11%
Saxby Chambliss 22%
Dan Coats 11%
Howard Coble 6%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Ander Crenshaw 19%
John Dingell 94%
Donna Edwards 100%
Renee Ellmers 6%
Bill Enyart 83%
Sam Farr 94%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 94%
Stephen Fincher 6%
Mike Fitzpatrick 39%
John Fleming, Jr. 11%
Randy Forbes 17%
Pete Gallego 89%
Joe Garcia 78%
Scott Garrett 11%
Jim Gerlach 22%
Chris Gibson 44%
Phil Gingrey 17%
Alan Grayson 100%
Michael Grimm 53%
Kay Hagan 83%
Janice Hahn 94%
Ralph Hall 6%
Richard Hanna 47%
Tom Harkin 94%
Doc Hastings 17%
Joe Heck, Jr. 28%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 94%
Rush Holt, Jr. 93%
Mike Honda 100%
Steven Horsford 100%
Tim Huelskamp 11%
Robert Hurt 17%
Steve Israel 100%
Mike Johanns 6%
Timothy Johnson 94%
Jack Kingston 6%
Mark Kirk 28%
Ann Kirkpatrick 81%
John Kline 22%
Mary Landrieu 89%
Tom Latham 22%
Carl Levin 100%
Cynthia Lummis 6%
Dan Maffei 83%
Jim Matheson 61%
Jim McDermott 94%
Mike McIntyre 56%
Buck McKeon 22%
John Mica 11%
Mike Michaud 89%
Barbara Mikulski 94%
Candice Miller 11%
Gary Miller 17%
George Miller 94%
Jeff Miller 17%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Patrick Murphy 78%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 87%
Randy Neugebauer 0%
Rich Nugent 17%
Alan Nunnelee 6%
Bill Owens 72%
Ed Pastor 94%
Tom Petri 11%
Joe Pitts 17%
Mike Pompeo 11%
Mark Pryor 83%
Trey Radel 12%
Nick Rahall II 78%
Charlie Rangel 100%
Harry Reid 94%
Reid Ribble 11%
Scott Rigell 22%
Jay Rockefeller IV 94%
Mike Rogers 17%
Jon Runyan 39%
Matt Salmon 17%
Loretta Sanchez 89%
Aaron Schock 22%
Allyson Schwartz 94%
Steve Southerland 6%
Steve Stockman 6%
Marlin Stutzman 11%
Lee Terry 22%
John Tierney 100%
Mark Udall 94%
David Vitter 6%
Mel Watt 94%
Henry Waxman 100%
Lynn Westmoreland 6%
Ed Whitfield 12%
Frank Wolf 28%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 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%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 100%
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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
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%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 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%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 94%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 94%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 89%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 10 Denny Heck Democratic 94%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 94%
ND U.S. Senate Jr Heidi Heitkamp Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 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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