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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society Legislative Fund

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 40%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 60%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Brian Baird 88%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
Cass Ballenger 13%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 13%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 63%
Bill Barrett 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Charlie Bass 63%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 60%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 63%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 63%
Douglas Bereuter 38%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
Judy Biggert 63%
Brian Bilbray 88%
Michael Bilirakis 63%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 88%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Kit Bond 20%
Henry Bonilla 13%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Robert Borski, Jr. 88%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 63%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 13%
Jim Bunning 20%
Conrad Burns 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 60%
Herbert Callahan 13%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 38%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 63%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 63%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
William Clay, Sr. 75%
Eva Clayton 25%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
Michael Collins 13%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
Larry Combest 13%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 38%
John Cooksey 13%
Jerry Costello 100%
Christopher Cox 50%
William Coyne 88%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 63%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
Barbara Cubin 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
Randall Cunningham 13%
Patsy Ann Danner 13%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 63%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 25%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jay Dickey 13%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 63%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25%
Jennifer Dunn 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 60%
Chet Edwards 38%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 63%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 13%
Thomas Ewing 38%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63%
Russ Feingold 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 80%
Ernest Fletcher 38%
Mark Foley 25%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Tillie Fowler 0%
Barney Frank 88%
Robert Franks 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 88%
William Frist 40%
Jonas Frost III 25%
Elton Gallegly 75%
John Ganske 13%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 13%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Jim Gibbons 13%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Benjamin Gilman 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 38%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 38%
William Goodling 38%
Bart Gordon 38%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 38%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 40%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 25%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
Mark Green 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
James Greenwood 88%
Judd Gregg 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 13%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 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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