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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Bob Barr, Jr. 13%
Bill Barrett 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
John Boehner 13%
Henry Bonilla 13%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
Ed Bryant 13%
Dan Burton 13%
Herbert Callahan 13%
Howard Coble 13%
Michael Collins 13%
Larry Combest 13%
John Cooksey 13%
Barbara Cubin 13%
Randall Cunningham 13%
Patsy Ann Danner 13%
Thomas DeLay 13%
Jay Dickey 13%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
Terry Everett 13%
John Ganske 13%
George Gekas 13%
Jim Gibbons 13%
Gilbert Gutknecht 13%
James Hansen 13%
Doc Hastings 13%
Robert Hayes 13%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 13%
Wally Herger, Jr. 13%
Van Hilleary 13%
John Nathan Hostettler 13%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 13%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 13%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 13%
Jack Kingston 13%
Joseph Knollenberg 13%
Ron Lewis 13%
John Linder 13%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 13%
John McHugh 13%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 13%
David McIntosh 13%
Buck McKeon 13%
Gary Miller 13%
Alan Mollohan 13%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
Jack Murtha 13%
Robert William Ney 13%
James Nussle 13%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 13%
Ronald Packard 13%
John Peterson 13%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 13%
Richard Pombo 13%
Jack Quinn 13%
George Radanovich 13%
Thomas Reynolds 13%
Bob Riley 13%
James Rogan 13%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 13%
Robert Schaffer 13%
Donald Sherwood 13%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
E.G. Shuster 13%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
Joseph Skeen 13%
Ike Skelton 13%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 13%
Nick Smith 13%
Mark Souder 13%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 13%
Cliff Stearns 13%
Charles Stenholm 13%
Bob Stump 13%
John Sweeney 13%
John Tanner 13%
William Tauzin 13%
Lee Terry 13%
William Thomas 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 13%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 13%
James Walsh 13%
Bob Wise, Jr. 13%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 13%
Richard Armey 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
David Dreier 0%
Tillie Fowler 0%
Slade Gorton 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Charles Hagel 0%
Rick Hill 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Don Nickles 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
Jim Ryun 0%
John Shadegg 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
Ted Stevens 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
Fred Thompson 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
George Voinovich 0%
Wesley Watkins 0%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%

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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