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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Secular Coalition for America

2007-2008 Positions on Secular Issues

Issues: Religion
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 29%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 7%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 7%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 7%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 86%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 71%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 79%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 7%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 71%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 57%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 57%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 79%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 71%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 79%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 79%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 7%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 57%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 7%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 79%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 7%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 71%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 7%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 57%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 57%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 7%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 71%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 29%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 57%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 7%
MO Council Member Ward 6 Jerry Porter 29%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 86%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 71%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 7%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 57%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 71%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 71%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 7%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 71%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 29%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 79%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 7%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
OR State House 57 Greg Smith Republican 29%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 86%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 86%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 7%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 57%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 29%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 7%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 79%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 71%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 79%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 7%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 79%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 79%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 7%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Gary Ackerman 71%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Todd Akin 7%
Rodney Alexander 7%
Wayne Allard 7%
Thomas Allen 86%
Jason Altmire 50%
Rob Andrews 57%
Michael Arcuri 71%
Joe Baca, Sr. 71%
Michele Bachmann 7%
Spencer Bachus 7%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 29%
Brian Baird 71%
J. Gresham Barrett 7%
John Barrow 57%
Roscoe Bartlett 7%
Joe Barton 29%
Max Baucus 71%
Evan Bayh 57%

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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