Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

2009-2010 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 56%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 30%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 10%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 75%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 90%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman Republican 0%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 10%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 30%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 30%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 22%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 22%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 40%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
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 - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 11%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 20%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 90%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 30%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 20%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 33%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 22%
NC U.S. House - 1 G. K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 56%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 22%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 30%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 10%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 0%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 90%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 80%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 0%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 100%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 90%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 90%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 20%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 100%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 90%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 10%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 10%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 75%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 89%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 90%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 100%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman R 0%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 90%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 90%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 90%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 100%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 10%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 30%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 60%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 30%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 90%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 100%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 100%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 22%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 22%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 40%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 90%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 11%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 20%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 90%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 20%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 30%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 10%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 90%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 100%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 100%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 67%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 100%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 100%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 50%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 100%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 100%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 100%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 100%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 10%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 20%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 33%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 22%
NC U.S. House - 1 G. K. Butterfield, Jr. D 100%
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