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Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
Barbara Boxer 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
John Kerry 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
Barbara Mikulski 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Harry Reid 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 100%
Mark Udall 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 83%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
Bruce Braley 83%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 83%
Donna Edwards 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 83%
Barney Frank 83%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
Rush Holt, Jr. 83%
Mike Honda 83%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
Jim McDermott 83%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 83%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 83%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 83%
Charlie Rangel 83%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 83%
Ed Towns 83%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
Henry Waxman 83%
Max Baucus 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
John Conyers, Jr. 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 80%
Kay Hagan 80%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 80%
Carl Levin 80%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 80%
George Miller 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Loretta Sanchez 80%
Olympia Snowe 80%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
Mel Watt 80%
Jim Webb, Jr. 80%
John Ensign 75%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 75%
Ron Paul 75%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
John Campbell III 67%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 67%
Sam Farr 67%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 67%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67%
Tim Johnson 67%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 67%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
Mike Michaud 67%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
Ed Pastor 67%
Donald Payne 67%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 67%
John Tierney 67%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 67%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
Kelly Ayotte 60%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 60%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 60%
Mark Begich 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Saxby Chambliss 60%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 60%
Dan Coats 60%
Howard Coble 60%
Thomas Coburn 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 60%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 60%
James DeMint 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 60%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 60%
Mike Johanns 60%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 60%
Mark Kirk 60%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 60%
Jon Kyl 60%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 60%
Dick Lugar 60%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 60%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 60%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 60%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 60%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 60%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 60%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 60%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 60%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 60%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 60%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 60%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 60%
David Vitter 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 60%
David Wu 60%
Gary Ackerman 50%
Howard Berman 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
Tim Bishop 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Corrine Brown 50%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 50%

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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